"I'm going to Rutgers,'' the 6-foot-1, 273-pounder said. "I feel like I have a better opportunity there, a chance for me to play and in academics.''
Kirksey will sign his letter at 10 a.m.
"I am relieved,'' he said. "It's been a big headache.''
Kirksey had Rutgers as his leader for the last month, but before making an announcement he wanted to talk things over with his coaching staff and his family.
In the last several days, Florida International was making a strong push, but Kirksey felt comfortable with the Scarlet Knights.
"Rutgers was the first school to play college football, and I think they have a great institution,'' he said. "And when I went there, I fell in love with the place.''
The Scarlet Knights' recent success, which includes five straight bowl bids and four consecutive bowl wins, also factored into Kirksey's decision.
"They are a powerhouse team and they made their way to the top,'' Kirksey said. "I see them, in the next four years, winning a national championship.''
But before getting to Rutgers, Kirksey needs to achieve a qualifying test score, which he said he will work diligently to achieve. He is already working with a tutor.