Last season, Darrin Kirkland was a big part of Park Tudor's defense, recording 138 tackles and seven sacks as a sophomore. That has lead to contact from a few schools, some of which he will camp with this summer.
"I'm hearing from a couple, Indiana, Louisville, and Northern Illinois," the 6'1, 200-pound outside linebacker says. "This June, I'm going to the NFTC in Columbus, Cincinnati Friday Night Lights, IU, Louisville, and Ohio State."
So far, Kirkland is without an offer but at least one school has talked to him about it.
"IU is the only school I have talked to in regards of an offer. They have a lot of interest in me though. Coach Patton was in recently on campus. I'm looking forward to seeing them again on June 11th when I go to there for their one day camp."
What will these schools see in Kirkland when they get him up close?
"My game is very explosive. I'm a student of the game, athletic, and instinctive, but very aggressive. I describe my game a lot by Von Miller from his speed and big play ability. My strengths are definitely my speed, and my instincts for the ball."
That said, he does have areas he hopes to improve on as he continues his career.
"I also feel like I need the most improvement in understanding coverages better, which I think would make me an overall better linebacker."