Junior defensive tackle Korren Kirven has emerged as one of Brookville’s (Lynchburg, VA) top players this season, helping the Bees to a 10-1 overall record and a spot in tomorrow night’s Region III, Division 3 semifinals against defending state champ Northside. The 6-4, 260-pound prospect has attracted serious attention from three ACC schools.
“He’s physical,” Brookville head coach Jeff Woody said of Kirven. “He’s only 15 years old, but he’s a big kid. It comes from good genes. I believe his father played basketball at Liberty University. Korren plays basketball and does the shotput in track. He is an athletic individual. His growth potential is tremendous. He’s good in the classroom. He has a good home life and he works hard. And he’s smooth.”
As a sophomore, Kirven started at defensive end opposite current Virginia Tech freshman defensive end Zack McCray. He started out at end this season before moving inside to tackl early on in the year.
“He has bought in to what we are trying to do with him,” said Woody, who also uses Kirven at tight end and fullback on occasion. “Zack was more of a speed type of player, whereas Korren is physical. He leads with his two screws. He is not afraid to get in and tangle. The sky is the limit for him because he’s a hustler. He works hard. He has really blossomed for us, to where other teams have to double-team him.”
Coach Woody recently sent out Kirven’s junior season highlights to potential college suitors, including most of the schools in the ACC. By the time its all said and done, Woody believes the talented junior will have earned major FBS offers.
“We just sent out film, but right now the only schools that have really shown serious interest thus far are UVa, Virginia Tech and N.C. State,” Woody said. “To be honest, I don’t know what Korren wants to do [in terms of his college future].”
Asked if any of the three ACC schools had offered, Woody said, “They are evaluating. They love him. When it comes time to officially offer [next August], I think the offers will be there. They like the way he looks.”
Certainly, Kirven isn’t the only standout player on a...
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