Comparison: Cody Habben (UW)
Prep Career/Awards: Class 6A first-team all-state and USA Today All-Oregon first team as a senior ... also first-team All-Metro League ... led the Crusaders to a 12-1 record and the quarterfinals of the state's 6A playoffs ... a part of a 14-0 class 6A state championship Jesuit team in 2015 ... named first-team 6A all-state and first-team All-Metro League as a junior ... helped Jesuit to a 9-3 overall record and the 6A state quarterfinals as a sophomore in 2014 ... PrepStar All-West Region ... named to the Tacoma News-Tribune's Western 100 ... ranked the No. 53 offensive tackle in the nation by scout.com ... the No. 5 overall prospect in the state of Oregon and No. 60 tackle in the country, according to 247sports.com ... rated the No. 59 tackle in the country by rivals.com ... ESPN.com's No. 48-ranked tackle and No. 5 player in Oregon ... also threw the shotput in high school ... son of Dean Kirkland, a three-year letterman (1988-90) offensive lineman at Washington ... Dean was a three-year starter, an All-Pac-10 first-team selection and a captain on the 1990 team ... played for coach Ken Potter at Jesuit.
Offers: Kirkland was originally committed to UCLA before he flipped and chose Washington. He also had offers from Cal, Hawaii, Colorado State, Iowa State, Oregon, Oregon state, Purdue, Texas Tech, San Diego State, Utah and Washington State.
Analysis: "After a decent junior season, Kirkland made a huge jump in his senior year. He completely reshaped his body and looks far more agile and athletic than ever, but he also played with the physicality a Pac-12 lineman will need to be successful. He’ll likely be a right tackle in college, but could also be a pretty effective left guard earlier with his strengths as a run-blocker." -- Brandon Huffman
Position Projection: We feel that Kirkland will eventually settle in as a right tackle once Kaleb McGary finishes his career with the Huskies. He's big and long and has pretty good feet for a guy his size, but he's also a mauler in the running game, so we can't rule out a move inside to one of the guard spots.
2017 Season Projection: While Kirkland made huge strides as a prospect over the past 12 months, he still needs to add some strength and get used to the speed of the college game. He'll be given every chance to earn a spot in the depth chart, but he'll most-likely wind up redshirting, like most linemen, and be ready to challenge for playing time as a redshirt freshman in 2018.