The interest the four-star defensive tackle still receives in spite of the injury he suffered in the VHSL playoffs from a number of programs, including the BCS National Champions, speaks to the talent and character of the resident of Lynchburg, Va.
One program hot on the trail of Scout.com's 15th-ranked defensive tackle is Tennessee. The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder made his way to Knoxville for an official visit this weekend.
"It was great," Kirven said. "Got to see a lot of stuff I hadn't seen yet. Third time being up here. They showed me a lot. I enjoyed the coaches, and I hung out with the players and stuff. It was a great visit. I loved it.
"The visit went really good, and I couldn't have expected anymore."
Prior to the departure of defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and linebackers coach Peter Sirmon to Washington, Kirven was high on the Volunteers. He got that news while down in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for Under Armour All-American week, and he subsequently wavered on even visiting Rocky Top.
Tennessee coach Derek Dooley and his staff quickly circled the wagons and the communication paid off.
"I wouldn't say they're No. 1," Kirven said of the Vols. "I don't really have a place for them right now because I haven't taken all of my visits. But, they're definitely right there at the top."
One of the top reasons why Tennessee is back in the thick of things with Kirven is the hiring of former Alabama inside linebackers coach Sal Sunseri to be the Vols' defensive coordinator.
"Coach Sal was my recruiting coordinator at Alabama," Kirven said. "So, once he left and came in, I knew it was a big thing. They definitely got an advantage right there with coach Sal. That's a big thing with him coming here. He's a great coach and a great recruiter. So, it's an advantage."
Kirven was one of nearly half dozen uncommitted prospects to visit Tennessee this weekend.
"Hanging out with the players was fun. Seeing the facilities was nice," Kirven added.