Although Kirby will miss all of his senior season after tearing his ACL over the summer, none of his scholarship offers have gone away. Kirby has offers from USC, Ohio State, Michigan, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Iowa and Syracuse among others.
But the two front-runners for Kirby are Florida and Maryland, according to Kirby’s Head Coach, Terry Smith. “Maryland is a constant,” Smith said.
A big, physical athlete from Gateway High School, Kirby “will be taking his official Maryland visit early in the fall,” according to Smith, but has yet to determine which game he will be attending. Smith added Kirby will take at least three official visits before making his final decision around the end of October. So far, “only Maryland and Florida are sure visits for him,” Smith said.
Kirby, a four-star prospect, played both wide receiver and cornerback for his high school team in Monroeville, Pa., outside of the Pittsburgh area. Most of Kirby’s contact with Maryland has been through Receivers coach, Lee Hull. Kirby, who is being recruited to play cornerback by teams like Michigan and Ohio State, will be playing wide receiver if he commits to the Terps this fall.
Maryland’s new spread offense offers Kirby the chance to play right away, something he “would love to do after sitting out a year,” Smith said.