Busy Saturday for Kirkland

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Four-star class of 2015 linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. started out his Saturday by adding his sixth offer and finished it by attending Ohio State's night game against Wisconsin.
Kirkland's most recent offer came as a result of his Friday night game performance, which had an ACC school on the sidelines watching him perform.
"Virginia Tech came to our game on Friday night," Kirkland said. "I called them early Saturday morning and they said they were going to offer me. They said they loved the way I played and were really interested in me, so I was very excited about that."
Virginia Tech has recruited Indianapolis as much as any metro area in the Midwest, and the Lawrence Central High product has a familiarity with the Hokies' system.
"Our defense that we run at Lawrence Central is the Virginia Tech defense," he said. "Our defensive coordinator has a really good relationship with their defensive coordinator (Bud Foster) and they talk often on what to do with the defense. That's a real bonus for me because it's (a defense) I could see myself playing in as I play in that system right now."
Kirkland is hoping to make a game visit to Virginia Tech later this fall. His most recent game visit went to Ohio State on Saturday night. He was joined by his parents on that trip.
"Me and my family really enjoyed ourselves," Kirkland said. "We felt it was a great game and great win for Ohio State. My (parents) really appreciated how organized it was and just the communication we were getting from those people."
Despite the large group of recruiting visitors in Columbus and a game to prepare for, Ohio State coaches found time to talk with Kirkland and his family before the game.
"I chatted a little bit with Coach (Mike) Vrabel, Coach (Kerry) Coombs and talked with Mark Pantoni, the recruiting coordinator," Kirkland said. "Mr. Pantoni said he stays up to date with my games and watches a lot of film on me. He said he sees a lot of good things out of me, so hopefully that means great things in the future."
Besides Virginia Tech, Kirkland holds offers from Indiana, Illinois, Louisville, Akron and Toledo. He plans to continue considering Ohio State while they evaluate him for an offer.
"I give every school that recruits me a fair chance, but I really do appreciate the opportunity to go there yesterday and have a great time," Kirkland said.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Kirkland was the only state of Indiana prospect to make the Rivals250 to Watch list presented by Under Armour for the class of 2015.
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