Checking in at 6-7, 310-pounds, Jaxson Kirkland has plenty of programs actively recruiting him to play tackle at the next level.
This includes Washington State, where he took an unofficial visit to earlier this month.
“I like WSU a lot right now,” Kirkland told CF.C. “With them being my first offer, it showed that they believed in me so I like that a lot. Them and Texas Tech are the two programs that have offered me so far that I’m most interested in. They aren’t my final two, but they’re the two schools that stick out.”
In addition to WSU and Texas Tech, the Oregon product holds additional tenders from Cal, Oregon State, San Diego State, Iowa State and Hawaii. Playing in the Pac-12 is certainly something he has his eye on, which WSU is selling.
“Playing in the Pac-12 would be huge,” Kirkland said. “That’s the No. 1 conference I’d like to play in. I’ve been talking with Coach Eric Mele and Coach Clay McGuire a lot. I talked to Mike Leach on the phone too last week. Coach Mele is going to be stopping by my school tomorrow (Thursday).”
When Kirkland was out on the Palouse earlier this month for his visit, he also had some one-on-one time with Leach and other members of the staff.
“Coach Leach was telling me that they like me a lot and that I would fit well in their offense because I’m so athletic and tall for a tackle,” Kirkland said. “He told me I could do a lot of great things over there.
“I like pass blocking a lot, definitely more than run blocking. Obviously with their Air Raid offense, they’re one of the top passing offense in the country. When I was on my visit, it felt more like a family than a football team, too. I like the small-town feel of the community.”
Kirkland said he’s not sure if he’ll be getting back to WSU this spring or summer, but he knows that he will be back in Pullman at some point this upcoming fall.
“I’m not quite sure when I’ll be making my decision,” he said. “I’d like to do it before my senior season, but I do want to take all of my official visits. I’m not too sure where I’ll be going, but I know I’ll definitely be going to Washington State. They’ll for sure be getting one of my officials.”
Stick with Cougfan.com as Kirkland's recruitment continues to progress.