Denver Kirkland is a game-changer.
So says his head coach Tim "Ice" Harris, who guided the Miami Booker T. Washington Tornados to a 4A state title.
"Kirkland is one very gifted athlete," Harris said of his offensive lineman. "He's going to make an immediate impact."
Kirkland will be on campus the weekend of Jan. 11-13 and is expected to spend a lot of time with Florida State commit Ira Denson - who will also be visiting the Bulls.
The two became close during camp season last year and during the 2013 UnderArmour All America game - held in St. Petersburg earlier this month.
"It's a package deal," Kirkland said last week. "I want to go where Ira (Denson) goes."
Does that mean that USF has to flip Denson from his long-standing commitment? Not necessarily, according to Harris.
"Denver wants to see what's going on," Harris said of the upcoming visit. "He went up there with the previous staff. Now the new staff how to show Denver that this (USF) is the place for him.
USF head coach Willie Taggart recruited Kirkland while he was at Western Kentucky - and that might help.
"Coach Taggart did a great job with the program at Western Kentucky," Harris said. "He has kept in touch with Denver."
Kirkland, a four-star rated offensive tackle, is the ninth-highest offensive lineman according to Rivals.com. He's rated 117 overall in the latest Rivals250 - which should be updated later this week.
Kirkland has said his top three are Florida State, Miami and USF. He has not officially taken a visit to Miami, but is scheduled to do so next week.
For USF to get the services of the 6-5, 333-pound tackle, it's going to take some work.
"We'll see this weekend what happens with them," Harris. "They have their work cut out for them, but they have a chance."
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