Since the calendar year has turned its page to 2015, four-star linebacker Darrin Kirkland
of Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence Central has added Duke
, North Carolina State
, Mississippi State
, Ole Miss
and Penn State
to his offer list.
Most recently, Penn State extended an offer.
"I know that it's a very exciting program," Kirkland said. "Coach Franklin has taken over, and there is a lot going on with that program right now. He's taking it into a good direction."
"I talked with the staff, and they're very excited about me," Kirkland said. "They think that I could have an impact there fairly early. It's an honor to hear from such a prestigious school known for its linebackers, like Penn State. And, they think I that fit that mold of linebackers."
Kirkland was offered by Ole Miss a day earlier than Penn State, and he's already developed a rapport with the Rebels' staff.
"Ole Miss was one of the first schools to recruit me after the Sept. 1 period," Kirkland said. "I have really built a good relationship with Coach (Tom) Allen, who used to coach in Indianapolis at Ben Davis High School. I definitely want to check that school out."
Two other programs expressing a considerable amount of interest include Notre Dame
"[Notre Dame assistant] Coach (Mike) Elston tells me that he really likes me as a player," Kirkland said. "He says he's confident about me. He says that Notre Dame usually gets the top guy each year from Indiana, and those players really contribute to their success. I want to visit this spring, but I haven't narrowed down a date a yet."
Kirkland has yet to narrow his list, but is hoping to do so before the summertime.
"I'm still open," Kirkland said. "I haven't narrowed down anything yet, but I will probably come out with a top eight or ten around the time school gets out for the summer."
Kirkland will visit Tennessee this upcoming weekend. He is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 14 outside linebacker in the class of 2015.
2015 four-star linebacker Darrin Kirkland of Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence Central talks about the slew of recent offers that have come his way, plus what other heavyweight schools that are showing interest.