The Michigan Wolverines earned a commitment from one of the country’s best inside linebackers when 4-star Darrin Kirkland, Jr. gave his pledge to Brady Hoke’s squad over the weekend.
In the last five week, Kirkland has taken unofficial visits to the Oklahoma Sooners and Kentucky Wildcats and received a visit from the Oklahoma Sooners’ coaching staff. He checked out the Wolverines’ campus this weekend and quickly made his decision.
“As soon as I saw the Block M on campus, I knew I was committing on this trip,” Kirkland told Steve Wiltfong of 24/7 Sports when he was asked about the feeling when he arrived on campus in Ann Arbor. “I felt great about Michigan. My parents really like Michigan and I’m excited to be a part of the Michigan program.”
The 6’2, 228-pounder is from Indianapolis, Indiana and attends Lawrence Central High School. He is ranked as the country’s fifth-best inside linebacker prospect, the second-best overall prospect in the state of Indiana and the 194th-best overall prospect in the class of 2015, according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.
Kirkland had offer from the Buckeyes, Sooners and Wildcats as well as the Ole Miss Rebels, Oregon Ducks, Penn State Nittany Lions, Tennessee Volunteers and Texas Longhons, among others.
He is the seventh verbal commitment for Michigan in the class of 2015.