Top notch Florida DE high on Vandy

Not long after receiving an offer from the Commodore staff, Kirk Livingstone has Vanderbilt as one of his top two favorites from his 19 D-1 offer list. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound athlete out of Stranahan High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. told that most all of his offers have been at defensive end but Vanderbilt likes him at outside linebacker.

"Actually Coach [Kenwick] Thompson came by the school twice," Kirk Livingstone said. "Then he offered over the phone in mid-May around the 13th. It was only my first or second offer at outside linebacker. He liked the way I get after the quarterback and my academics. They're big on academics at Vanderbilt. With the 3-4 that they play, Coach Thompson said he I'd be better rushing off the edge standing up.

"First of all, Vanderbilt has a great program. I plan on visit soon, probably late June. I didn't start really liking Vanderbilt until April after I did some research on them on the computer. They have a great medical program. It's one of the top program in the country and that's something I'm really interested in pursuing. I know a little bit about Coach Mason. I know he came in after Coach Franklin left for Penn State. My communication, so far, has just been with Coach Thompson, the outside linebackers coach."

Livingstone became a varsity starter at Stranahan by the end of his freshman season. He finished his junior season with 42 tackles, seven sacks, and three forced fumbles and was named first team All-Broward County for his efforts. Since his Vanderbilt offer Livingstone said he has attracted more offers from FIU, Louisville, USF, Ohio, and Wake Forest. Some of his previous offers include Cincinnati, UConn, ECU, Indiana, Syracuse, UAB, Utah, and Western Michigan.

"I'm still pretty open in my recruiting but Vanderbilt and UAB are two I'm high on," he said. "I'd like to decide [on college] sometime this summer just to get it out of the way. Academics will play a big part in my decision especially with my goal of getting a degree in the medical field. The football will definitely be a factor too. I'm open to playing outside linebacker [in college] I've just mostly played defensive end. I just have to practice on dropping back in coverage, but the blitzing won't be a problem."

Both of Livingstone's parents attended Florida International in nearby Miami-Dade County. He said he's very open to the idea of relocating out of The Sunshine State for college. Top Stories