Rumors have been circling that FSU commit Ira Denson from Madison County would be going to college in a package deal with Miami Booker T. Washington’s offensive tackle Denver Kirkland, who is currently undecided.
Friday at Under Armour’s All-America game in St. Petersburg, Denson said it was more than a rumor.
“We’re going together,” the 6-foot-4, 317-pound offensive guard said.
Since Denson said FSU was his “No. 1 top dog,” and didn’t express as much enthusiasm for the other two schools in the mix, Ole Miss and Auburn, his comments would suggest that Kirkland will soon be a ‘Noles commit, as well.
But when asked about the package deal Kirkland wasn’t as solid in his response.
“We talked about it,” Kirkland (6-5, 285) said. “It is what it is. Whatever happens, happens, but don’t be surprised.”
And although Kirkland ranked FSU in his top four schools, which also included Ole Miss, Miami and USF, he talked about building a relationship with new USF coach Willie Taggart. Both Denson and Kirkland said they will visit USF this month.
“Me and him [Taggart] are getting that bond, and just getting to know each other better,” Kirkland said. “I think South Florida is really something people don’t know about right now, and a lot of people might be surprised.”
Kirkland not only spoke highly of South Florida, but he also said he is still looking for a school to fill the fifth spot in his top 5. The two schools in the running are West Virginia and USC.
There was plenty of recruiting going on among players this week at the team hotel during the week of practices leading up to the Under Armour game. Florida pledges tried to lure Denson away from his FSU commitment during his stay in Orlando, but he said it had no effect on him.
“They say, ‘We can build a better program,’ that I’m a good guy and that they want me to come play for them,” Denson said. “I don’t have an interest.”
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