Bruins Watching 3-star OL Jaxson Kirkland

Apr. 14 -- UCLA is keeping a close eye on Portland (Ore.) Jesuit offensive tackle Jaxson Kirkland, who has a handful of Pac-12 offers already in...

Portland (Ore.) Jesuit offensive tackle Jaxson Kirkland (6-7, 310), took a visit to three Pac-12 schools and also checked out a Big 12 school during spring break.

And he's also been talking more with UCLA and USC and a visit to Los Angeles could happen too.

"I've been talking to UCLA and USC a little bit," said Kirkland.  "Coach (Neil) Callaway at USC and Coach (Adrian) Klemm at UCLA, they're both recruiting me some."  

A move to the Southland isn't out of the question for Kirkland, should an offer come.

"I would definitely go down to California and play in college.  I definitely like the weather better there than Oregon and Washington.  But we'll see what happens with USC and UCLA."

Last week, Kirkland visited Oregon StateWashington State, Washington and Texas Tech.  And next week, he'll visit Oregon.

The trip down to Lubbock also netted him an offer from the Red Raiders.

"Texas Tech was cool, I really liked it," said Kirkland.  "Especially just seeing football in Texas, the passion is definitely different than in the Northwest."

Kirkland took the trip confident an offer would come.  

"We had been talking with a few of the coaches for a few weeks and they asked me to come down," said Kirkland.  "I actually asked how interested they were if I was going to come down, and they said I pretty much had an offer, but they wanted to see me face to face.  So when I went down there, they offered me.  Coach DeShaun Foster and Coach Lee Hays are the ones recruiting me."

Washington State had already offered Kirkland but he checked them out for spring ball.

"I went to a game there in November before they offered me, but I didn't get a tour," said Kirkland.  "This time, I got to see it more and I really liked it.  It's really cool up there and I like the small college town.  Coach (Clay) McGuire and Coach (Eric) Mele are recruiting me."

In fact, the Cougs and Red Raiders may have an advantage for Kirkland right now.

"Either Washington State or Texas Tech out of my offers are my top two right now," said Kirkland.

Oregon State, the first in-state offer for Kirkland, also hosted him.

"I went there this time and really got to see everything," said Kirkland.  "They have a brand new facility getting built and from the video I saw, it looks really cool.  With their whole staff coming from Wisconsin, even though they're in the rebuilding stage, they're on the rise.  Coach T.J. Woods is recruiting me there."

Kirkland also got up to Washington for their Junior Day, and while the Huskies haven't offered, he has long ties to the Washington program, with his father, Dean, a former lineman.

"I've been there a bunch of times, but their Junior Day was great.  They have this process that is one of the biggest I've seen of offering a guy, but they really want to make sure before they offer," said Kirkland.  "They want to see me again in May or June.  Coach (Chris) Strausser is recruiting me and I know they're going to come down and see me during the spring."

Next week, Kirkland will visit Oregon and he's hopeful the Ducks will offer.

"Coach (Steve) Greatwood is recruiting me and this will be my first time really going down there as a recruit," said Kirkland.

California offered Kirkland on Tuesday and he's hoping to get down to see them.

"I just got offered by Coach (Brandon) Jones at Cal and I definitely want to take a trip down there," said Kirkland.

Kirkland said that Arizona and Boise State coaches are expected to come see him in the spring too.

Next month, Kirkland will be at The Opening Seattle regional, the lone camp he'll do this spring.

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