Under new defensive line coach Rick Petri, the Blue Devils have targeted some of the top defensive line prospects in the class of 2012. One of the first linemen to visit Durham and pick up a verbal scholarship offer was Korren Kirven, a 6’5” 275 pound prospect from Lynchburg, Virginia. The recently-named ESPNU150 defensive tackle is now up to over 20 scholarship offers from many of the top programs in the ACC and SEC. Kirven visited Durham again for the Nike camp on May 23 and came away with All-Camp Team honors. When BDN last spoke with Kirven, he had come away impressed with the Duke program: “Duke – their whole academic thing down there is really good…it was a good visit.” With his recruitment picking up, Korren checked back in with BDN to update his summer plans.
BDN: How has your spring been going?
We had 7-on-7 stuff, that’s almost over. We have one more event, that’s at UVA and we’re going to be traveling up there to play. That’s it with spring ball, but we’re going to be starting weight lifting, our weight-lifting program on Monday.
BDN: How has your 7-on-7 season gone?
We’ve been doing good, I think we only lost one time. Other than that, I think we’ve been pretty good.
BDN: What schools have you visited this spring?
I’m going down to UNC soon. The schools that I’ve visited, though, have been Virginia Tech, Duke, Tennessee, and Virginia. I think that’s about it, but I’m going to be doing a lot of traveling this summer.
BDN: Which coaches have had a chance to stop by to see you this spring?
Virginia Tech’s coaches, UVA, Notre Dame, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Marshall, Colorado, Texas Tech, UCF, it’s quite a few of them. There’s a lot of them, I can’t really name all of them right now, but it was quite a few of them.
BDN: Which schools have you been in contact with the most so far?
My Virginia schools I always stay in contact with, but other than that, Alabama, Tennessee, Duke, Rutgers, Stanford, Notre Dame, Colorado, and Florida have been the schools that I’ve stayed in touch with, and Maryland.
BDN: You mentioned taking a lot of visits this summer, which schools are you definitely planning to visit?
Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Stanford, Tennessee, Colorado, and possibly Oregon.
BDN: Obviously you’ve got a lot of great choices in front of you, how you do plan to start to narrow things down at this point?
Yeah, I’m going to take all my visits and slowly narrow down my list and go from there. I’ll take all my officials and then I guess I’ll have a school.
BDN: That sounds like a long way off right now, doesn’t it?
[Laughs] Yeah, yeah.
BDN: Which schools do you feel like you have the best relationship with right now?
Always the Virginia schools stand out, but like I said, Florida and Alabama, and Tennessee.
BDN: Thanks a lot, Korren, and best of luck to you.
Okay, thank you man.