OL Denver Kirkland chases 'another notch'

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Four-star offensive lineman Denver Kirkland (Miami/Booker T. Washington) already has offers from schools such as Florida State, Auburn, Miami and USC, but the 6-foot-4, 333-pound tackle still decided to compete at the Jimbo Fisher Camp on Thursday afternoon.

"I think I did great," Kirkland said, "but there's still more to work on. There's always room to get better. I just came out here to get better and take my game up another notch."

While at camp, Kirkland had the opportunity work with Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett. The massive lineman said his experience with Trickett was memorable.

"It was unique, funny and personal" he said. "It's just all business with him."

Kirkland, who is the No. 21-ranked tackle in the country, claims no favorites at the moment, but added that USC, UCLA, FSU, Miami and South Florida are recruiting him the hardest.

When it comes down to making a decision, Kirkland says that academics will play a key role for him.

"It's the program and just the school, period," Kirkland said. "I'm looking at the academics and how the school is overall."

Kirkland's high school teammate, four-star linebacker Matthew Thomas, also camped at FSU on Thursday. The thought of being teammates in college is a possibility that both players have discussed.

"We talk about it every day at practice and after practice," Kirkland said. "We'd like to go to the same school so we can dominate together."

Only time will tell if the two standouts will attend the same college -- but it might be a while. Both players are likely to make their decisions on national signing day.