The Virginia Cavaliers landed an in-state star today, and a player whose parents both attended Virginia Tech.
"Early in the process, John favored Virginia Tech simply because it was the school he followed growing up and his parents went there," said Lexington (Va.) Rockbridge County head coach Billy Mills of his standout defensive tackle Jon Kirchner. "He still liked Tech, but after being at UVA a few times and getting around the coaches, he really fell in love with the place.
"The enthusiasm of the UVA coaches really was contagious," Mills said. "They are very much excited about the future of the program."
Kirchner is a 6-foot-5, 260-pounder who will play defensive end at UVA. He chose the Cavs over offers from Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Maryland, Stanford and Duke.
"Jon will play d-end at UVA in their 3-4 set," said Mills. "He has a very quick and explosive first step, is a tireless worker and a great character kid. He'll be a great addition to their program."
Kirchner was recruited by Danny Rocco.
"Coach Rocco did a great job with Jon," Mills said. "It was first class all the way."
As a junior, Kirchner had 60 tackles, including 18 for loss, and four sacks.