Juco LB Josh Kirkland talks Syracuse visit

Junior college outside linebacker Josh Kirkland (El Dorado, Kan./Butler Community college) took his first official visit during the weekend to Syracuse, and Kirkland said the first visit set the tone for the future trips.

Kirkland, a 6-foot-3, 207-pound linebacker, gave the visit a “9” out of a 10 and said he had a great time in New York. Although there are reports saying Kirkland committed to the Orange, he said he’s still weighing his options -- at least for now.

“It was pretty amazing,” Kirkland said of the visit. “Compared to Kansas, it’s quite a bit different. I had a great time, and it’s a great school.”

Kirkland is being recruited by Syracuse defensive coordinator Scott Shafer. He was hosted by sophomore offensive tackle Nick Robinson.

Kirkland was a key member of the Butler team that was the NJCAA runner-up this season. He finished the season with 66 tackles, six sacks, three forced fumbles and four pass breakups.

“Being [at Butler] meant everything,” Kirkland said. “You learn how to be a man and how to work hard when it’s hard to work. I’ve got great coaches around me, and they showed me how to get to the next level.”

Originally from St. Mary’s, Kan., Kirkland said he doesn’t have a second official visit scheduled, but he’s considering visiting one or two of the schools in Texas.