In the five months since Brookville (Lynchburg, VA) head coach Jeff Woody mailed film to college coaches, defensive lineman Korren Kirven has seen his recruitment flourish. N.C. State and Virginia Tech were the two programs showing serious interest back in November, but now they are two of over 10 schools that have offered the promising junior.
“He’s in the teens right now,” Woody said, referring to Kirven’s scholarship total.
The state’s two FBS programs, Virginia Tech and Virginia, have offered, but heavy hitters from outside the Commonwealth have offered as well. Alabama, Penn State and Tennessee are included in the mix, and Auburn and Florida are among the others showing heavy interest.
“He’s a good ball player,” Woody said. “He definitely passes the eye test. He’s good enough to get this attention.”
Kirven, who stands at 6-4 and weighs 270 pounds, started at defensive end his sophomore season. He eventually moved inside several games into his junior season, and defensive tackle is the likely position on the next level.
“When they watch him on tape and when they discuss his skills, I feel college coaches perceive him as an interior lineman,” Woody said. “He is not as quick as Zack McCray was off the edge, but he does have a physical prowess. He has a lot of growth potential. He’s working hard. College coaches see this guy has got the foundation. He has tremendous growth potential.”
A tough player, Kirven welcomes the physicality needed to play in the trenches.
“My favorite part of being a defensive tackle is just hitting,” Kirven said.
Kirven is the latest in a series of FBS prospects to come out of Brookville High. Logan Thomas (class of 2009, signed with Virginia Tech), Zack McCray (2010, Virginia Tech), Devin Bolling (2010, Wake Forest), and Deshon Foxx (2011, Connecticut) preceded Kirven, who certainly has enjoyed success on the recruiting front.
Coaching staff and academics (possible Art major) will be key factors for the Lynchburg native, who isn’t concerned as much with depth chart.
“Depth chart hasn’t come into the picture,” Kirven said. “If the depth chart is deep, I’ll work very hard to move up.”
Without question, the connections to Virginia Tech are there....
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