Bruins Make 3-star OT Jaxson Kirkland's Top Four

July 21 -- Portland (Ore.) Jesuit offensive tackle Jaxson Kirkland broke down his Pac-12-heavy top four as he prepares for a mid-August announcement...

Portland (Ore.) Jesuit offensive tackle Jaxson Kirkland has become a well-sought offensive line prospect in the west coast class of 2017.

Recently Kirkland named a top four of CaliforniaOregon StateUCLA and Washington State.

The three-star is still set to announce his decision on August 14th, and Wednesday he broke down his final four.

California:  "They're the only school I haven't visited in my top four, but I'm going there next Wednesday.  I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of facilities they have.  They're the top public university in the nation.  I'm looking forward to meeting some of their coaches. I've only met their offensive line coach (Brandon Jones).  So I'm looking forward to meeting with more of them.  I've never met Coach (Sonny) Dykes.  I've DM'd with him, but this will be my first time meeting him so I'm looking forward to that."

Oregon State: "They're the home town school, just an hour south.  I know they didn't win a Pac-12 game last year but they showed something against Oregon in the Civil War.  I really like Coach (T.J.) Woods and Coach (Gary) Andersen. They're both really down to earth and not scary guys to talk to.  I've been there just once but really liked it."

UCLA: "I went down to UCLA a couple weeks ago and I really liked it there.  I got to meet some of their players and talked to Conor McDermott for a little bit and he talked about his experience.  They put out eight players into the NFL this year, most in the Pac-12, and they are picked to win the Pac-12 South, so the future is bright. (Offensive line) Coach (Adrian) Klemm is recruiting me there and I really like him."

Washington State:  "They were my first offer and they've shown me the most love of all the schools.  They made a pretty big statement last year with nine wins and they're turning it around.  Coach (Clay) McGuire and Coach (Eric) Mele are recruiting me.  I'm still planning on getting back up there again this summer."

Jesuit starts their fall practice and their state title defense on August 15th.

That makes the night before fall practice starts so important.

"We start practice on August 15th, so that's why I picked the 14th to announce because I want to be able to focus on my senior year," said Kirkland.  "It has been a lot of fun but is has also been a lot of work so I'm a little burnt out."

But even with his decision expected in mid-August, he's hoping to take some official visits.

"I'd love to use them all," said Kirkland.  "You work so hard for this, that you want to take more than one, so I'd like to take them all."

Kirkland is also hoping an offer from Washington, where his father won a national title, is still in the cards.

"I definitely want to hear more from Washington, obviously with my dad having played there and me growing up watching them," said Kirkland.  "So I'd definitely leave a spot open for them."

In the meantime, it has been Washington State recruiting him the hardest.

"Of all the schools, Washington State is recruiting me the hardest," said Kirkland.  "All of their coaches talk to me."

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