The Huskies continue to rack up verbal commitments. On Tuesday, they got their 16th commit for 2013 when 6-5, 290-pound offensive linemen Andrew Kirkland (number 79 in the video above) announced he would be signing with the Huskies.
Scout.com had the first story on the commit. Kirkland picked up the Husky scholarship after playing well at last week’s Rising Stars Camp at UW.
Kirkland is rated as a three-star recruit by Scout. Rivals.com lists him also as a three-star recruit.
Here’s the ESPN scouting report of Kirkland complete with the word “boarder-line” in the first sentence….
Kirkland is a boarder-line developmental size prospect; will need to improve explosion and playing strength as a drive blocker. Has the size and athleticism for the offensive tackle position at the next level of competition. His frame appears capable of supporting additional body mass over time. Lined up in a three point stance we see the flexibility and balance needed to play on his feet in space; flashes tight box mobility along with the agility necessary to adjust his feet to change of direction movement. This prospect comes off the ball too high, lacking the explosive pop and surge needed to consistently knock defenders back on their heels. Is able to move his feet and gain position, showing the ability to wall off opponents; if he is to reach for leverage and consistently get a hat on active 1st and 2nd level defenders, initial quickness coming off the ball along with pad level must improve. We would like to see a more determined, aggressive finishing effort. Arm length and nimble feet should be assets in pass protection; flashes short set ability however we want to see improved bend and slide to the deep set point without crossing his feet. All areas of hand use need to be addressed. Kirkland will need some time and perhaps a red shirt year to grow physically while polishing his technical skills.