Two of the top prep programs in the Hoosier State for producing Division I football talent are Lawrence Central and Warren Central.
Darrin Kirkland just wrapped up his high-school career at the former.
The Scout four-star prospect and fifth-ranked middle linebacker in the 2015 class gave his verbal commitment to Tennessee on Monday. Lawrence Central assistant coach Steve Tutsie refers to Kirkland as the “most complete” out of the Bears ‘backers that were Southeastern Conference bound.
Missouri’s Brandon Lee is the other Bear to recently head for the SEC but Tutsie says Kirkland separates himself by his “ability to get ahead of the play, to diagnose a play.”
What Tennessee is getting is a tackler with great range, an outstanding rusher and a prospect who possesses outstanding recovery.
The Vols saw the program’s second-leading tackler in 118 seasons of football on Rocky Top graduate Saturday. The void on the second level of the Big Orange defense won’t easily be filled. Tutsi says Kirkland is physically and mentally “ready to go” and could compete for the spot.
In the 2014 IHSAA Class 6A state playoffs, Lawrence Central eliminated Lawrence North 39-0 before falling in the Sectional championship 16-0 to Warren Central.
Find out more about Kirkland from Tutsie's conversation with Scout analyst Brian Snow by clicking play below: