Dondi Kirby has endured a tough senior season at Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway, but he has been trying to make the best of it.
The four-star prospect, currently ranked the No. 8 safety in the nation by Rivals.com, has missed his entire senior season because of a torn ACL. He had his surgery over the summer and while he has progressed nicely he hasn't been able to get back into action just yet.
Kirby has been practicing with his teammates but he has not been given the go-ahead to play in games yet. That's difficult, but he has a lot to look forward to down the road.
Just a couple of months ago the 6-foot-3, 180-pound defensive back narrowed his list to Florida, Iowa, Maryland, North Carolina and USC, saying he would take official visits to each of those schools.
Now he has finally made some progress in terms of setting those trips up. However, while he isn't talking in terms of favorites right now, it seems his list might have changed a little bit.
"I'm going to Illinois on December 11," Kirby said on Saturday evening.
"I'm going to USC after the season is over and same thing with Maryland. I have to talk to Iowa."
The Illini had not been on Kirby's previous list of five favorites so it appears as though they have made up some ground in recent weeks.
USC and Maryland have been on his short list for a while, as have the Hawkeyes. Kirby took an unofficial visit to Iowa earlier this season and enjoyed his trip.