Kirchner Comments on Commitment

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Earlier this afternoon, Rockbridge defensive end Jon Kirchner verbally committed to play for the Virginia Cavaliers. He becomes the fourth player to commit to Virginia for the 2004 class.

Kirchner, whose parents both went to Virginia Tech, faced a tough decision between the Cavs and Hokies. In the end, it came down to a gut feeling in favor of the Cavaliers.

“I committed to Virginia,” said Kirchner. “It’s a big relief to have it out of the way. I’ve visited UVA three times, and each time I went I had a gut feeling like this was the place for me.

“My decision is tough for my dad, because he wanted me to go to Virginia Tech. My mom was more free – she just supported me wherever I went. So it was a tough decision to make.”

At 6-5, 260 pounds, Kirchner will play along the defensive line at defensive end. He chose the Cavaliers over offers from Virginia Tech, Stanford, Maryland, West Virginia, and Duke.

Kirchner now looks forward to enjoying his senior season and prepping for life in Charlottesville over the next four years.

“I definitely wanted to get this out of the way,” said Kirchner. “Now I don’t have to worry about that stuff. I can focus on finishing my high school football career on a good note.”

A good student, he carries a 3.3 grade point average. Kirchner has already qualified for NCAA eligibility with a 1,140 score on his SAT’s. He wants to major in Mechanical Engineering.

Kirchner joins RB Andrew Pearman, RB/DB Cedric Peerman, and DL Chris Long as commitments for the 2004 class. LB James Terry and CB Philip Brown both plan to attend Hargrave Military Academy before attending UVA in 2004.