ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Due to a broken fibula, Lynchburg (Va.) Brookville four-star defensive tackle Korren Kirven wasn't able to participate in the Under Armour All-America Game, but he did treat the week in Orlando and St. Petersburg as a business trip of sorts networking with future college teammates and opponents as well as learning more about the craft of playing his position.
"I have just been observing practice and getting to know the guys a little better," Kirven said. "Not being able to play was hard but I had to come out here and support my team. I got to know a lot of guys. It was a great experience.
"I took a couple things from what coach was talking about throughout the week," Kirven added. "As far as a couple of schemes and a couple of different things you can do in situations. You never know everything. You might think you know something, but you realize you can always learn and get better."
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With the game now over, the 6-foot-4, 272-pound interior defender will hit the road and start taking official visits. He has narrowed his list to a few select schools and scheduled four dates.
"I have a top five," Kirven said. "Alabama, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Maryland, and UVA."
"I am supposed to be going up to Maryland this weekend, Tennessee the following week, Alabama the weekend after that, and then Virginia Tech the last weekend before Signing Day," Kirven added. "As of right now, I am only able to do four because I plan to decide on Signing Day. So I think it will only be those four."
Heading into those visits, the Rivals250 defensive lineman says two schools are standing out.
"I like Alabama and Virginia Tech a lot," Kirven said. "I am feeling those two schools and will really be checking them out during the officials."
His top two was previously a top three, but a shake-up in Knoxville has led to an adjustment with regards to his favorites.
"I also like Tennessee for the possibility of early playing time but they recently lost a couple of coaches to Washington," Kirven said. "So that may change up the game a little bit."