Rockbridge (VA) defensive line prospect Jon Kirchner has had Virginia Tech as his heavy favorite throughout the spring. Recently, however, it seems the University of Virginia has gained some ground.
“I’d say those two (UVA and Virginia Tech) are definitely my top two,” said the 6-5, 260 pound Kirchner. “I would say Virginia Tech is now neck and neck with UVA. A month ago, I toured the Virginia campus and watched a practice. I felt good about the atmosphere at Virginia…I felt kind of like I was at home.”
Kirchner had stated in reports earlier this spring that if the Hokies were to offer, he would likely accept. Virginia Tech has not yet offered, which opened the door for the Cavaliers to spark some interest.
“[Virginia Tech not offering] may have put the option in my head that I maybe should have other schools to consider,” said Kirchner. “But I have not moved Virginia Tech down from my list because they haven’t offered though. They are still up there.”
According to Kirchner, Coach Ball from Virginia Tech visited Rockbridge High School recently, informing the coaches there that more evaluation is needed before the Hokies officially offer the standout defensive lineman. Kirchner has received official offers from Virginia, Stanford, and West Virginia.
A defensive end throughout high school, Kirchner is being recruited by most schools as a defensive tackle. Virginia likes him as a defensive end.
“I will play defensive tackle at Rockbridge my senior year,” said Kirchner. “Most schools say I have the frame to put on a lot of weight. I think most schools want me as a defensive tackle. Virginia wants me as a defensive end, while Virginia Tech is looking at me to play defensive tackle.
“I don’t care where I play, as long as I play.”
This past weekend’s Nike Camp was a place for Kirchner to show off his skills on a more national level. The experience gave him a sense of how he compared with other top players along the offensive and defensive lines.
“The Nike Camp really opened up my eyes as to how big and athletic people are,” said Kirchner. “I think I did well. I did well in the one on one drills even though I was smaller than the offensive lineman I was pared against. I got to go five times, which was good.”
An excellent student, Kirchner hopes to major in engineering. He carries a 3.3 grade point average. During the...
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