January 22, 2012

Alabama impresses DT Kirven

Lynchburg (Va.) Brookville defensive tackle Korren Kirven has become one of Alabama's top targets coming down the stretch as we head towards Signing Day for the class of 2012. This weekend he took his official visit to Tuscaloosa.

"The visit was good, it was my second time down there and the first one was very good and this one was more one-on-one time with the coaches," said the 6-foot-4, 272-pounder. "I talked to the coaches a lot and spent most of my time with coach Rumph and coach Saban."

Kirven broke down the visit.

"Friday we got there and I met with the coaches and we went out and grabbed some food," he said. "The food was amazing, it was really good. Saturday we toured the school, met with the academic people about my major and things and spent more one-on-one time with the coaches. I also got to hang out with some of the players. I was hosted by Cyrus Kouandjio and Jeoffrey Pagan and they were both cool. And again they fed us really well and then Sunday I had my final meetings with the coaches and with coach Saban. That's the most time I've been able to spend with him and he keeps it real. He doesn't tell you what you want to hear, he tells you how it is and I like that."

Kirven things Alabama is taking one more defensive tackle and the Tide coaches made it clear how important he was to them.

"I know Eddie Goldman is also out there and I'm not sure who else is uncommitted, but they made me feel I was wanted," he said. "They made that clear."

Next up for Kirven is an official visit to Virginia Tech, the school many feel has been his leader for quite some time.

"I know people think that because I've been there so often and because Logan Thomas and Zack McCray went there from my school, but I don't have a leader," he said. "I'm looking forward to seeing it on an official so I can get to feel how it is to be there for a few days. I've liked it every time I've gone so I don't expect this to be any different."

Kirven is also considering Maryland and Tennessee with Virginia on the outside looking in.

"Maryland has great coaches and they put a lot of players in the NFL," he said. "And Tennessee has coach Sal Sunseri now who is my favorite recruiting coach and who was recruiting me at Alabama. Virginia kind of fell off for me. I could still take a mid-week official there if I wanted to, but I don't think I need to."

This week coaches will be swinging by school and by the Kirven household.

"I think Tennessee is Monday, Virginia Tech Tuesday, Alabama Wednesday and Maryland Thursday," he said. "It will be a busy week."

Kirven will decide on Signing Day at his school.

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