The Syracuse football team picked up another commitment for the class of 2013. Junior linebacker Josh Kirkland has given a verbal commitment to play for the Orange. The 6’3, 211 pound junior college prospect from Butler Community College in Kansas is Syracuse’s 12th recruit of the class. Kirkland will be a junior, and has two years of eligibility left to play for the Orange. From the Syracuse Post-Standard:
ESPN.com and other recruiting services reported that Kirkland made his commitment during an in-home visit from SU head coach Doug Marrone on Thursday evening. He visited the SU campus last weekend.
Kirkland gets a two-star rating from Rivals.com and Scout.com. ESPN.com did not have him rated. The recruiting websites did not list Kirkland as having offers from other schools.
Butler is a junior college powerhouse located in El Dorado, Kan. The Grizzlies went 11-1 this fall and lost 27-7 to Iowa Western last month in the junior college national title game.
Kirkland was credited with 66 tackles (35 solo), sixth on the team in 2012. He had six sacks, 13 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles and four pass break-ups this season.
In the title game against Iowa Western, Kirkland led his team with 13 tackles (nine solo) and a sack.
I’ve never been huge on following the recruiting scene for college football, mostly because you rarely know what you are going to get before a player pads up on campus to play. If there is one thing I have learned however, it is that the ratings from the recruiting sites are not to be believed. Maybe you can take them with a grain of salt when they are talking about one of the top recruits in the country, but in terms of a kid that isn’t ranked really high on their services, they don’t pay much attention to the player. Doug Marrone’s recruiting classes have not been ranked all that high in his years at Syracuse, but he has been able to find success anyway. So the fact that this kid doesn’t have a high rating on the recruiting services should not be taken all that seriously. He appears to have a solid build, and with coaching can definitely be a standout at Syracuse with the right work ethic and mentality.