3-star DT tells CF.C he's ready for WSU visit

CHECKING IN AT 6-3, 315-pounds, you can understand why defensive tackle Wayne Kirby ranks three stars with a pair of Pac-12 schools on his final list. The Pocatello, Idaho, product tells Cougfan.com one of the programs still in contention is Washington State, where he’ll take an official visit next weekend.

Kirby will be on the Palouse on Jan. 15 for his WSU official trip.

“I set up that visit this week with Coach Joe Salave’a and Coach David Yost,” Kirby told CF.C. “I’ve been talking with them since last year after they came and saw me practice at my school and spoke with my coaches.”

Ranked three stars by Scout.com, Kirby has racked up numerous scholarship offers, but has trimmed his list down to WSU, BYU (where he was previously committed), and Utah. He’ll visit Utah on Jan. 22 and BYU on Jan. 29 before making his decision right before Signing Day (Feb. 3).

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One thing WSU has in its favor, Kirby said, is the vibe he’s gotten from doing research on Pullman.

“I love how the town is,” Kirby said. “There’s more kids in the school than people in the city. It looks like an actual college town. That just mean’s there’s going to be more support for the program than somewhere like Utah, where there’s three different colleges within an hour of one another.

“Washington State is also up and coming. I would say that the coaching staff is pretty underrated. They had a great season, and the coaches got some credit, but I think they’re underrated for sure.”

As a senior this season, Kirby put up impressive numbers, recording 43.5 tackles (10.5 for loss) and 5.5 sacks.

“Coach Salave’a said that with my size being already over 300 pounds, they’ll expet me to go in right away and get things done on the field early,” Kirby said. “I think they graduated two defensive tackles this season. They’re looking at me as either a tackle or an end, kind of a hybrid guy.”

His 6-3, 315-pound frame has certainly stood out to the WSU coaches.

“Most kids have to go in and get bigger in college, but I’ve already got the size,” Kirby said. “They want me to play right away. That’ll be fun because I think they might be contenders to win the conference championship next season.”

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Kirby did admit, though, that there’s one area about WSU that he didn't like as much compared to the other schools still in contention. 

“The fact that it’s 10 hours away from home is a little tough,” Kirby said. “BYU and Utah are both about two or three hours away from me. The thought of being able to come home on free weekends to see my family and friends is nice. At the same time, I also need to get away. I might change how I feel about it. We’ll see.”

That change in feeling could come next week during his visit to the Palouse, Kirby said. He’ll be one of several official visitors in Pullman for the first weekend of visits following the dead period.

“Honestly, I’m just hoping to find a great coaching staff and great academics,” Kirby said when asked what he’s hoping for in a school. “I want to be able to feel comfortable as well. I want to feel like I’m at home.”

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