|Trip Report - Andrew Kirkland|
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Dawgman.com caught up Sunday with Andrew Kirkland, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound offensive lineman from Jesuit High School in Portland, Ore., and Kirkland, who verbally committed to Washington in early July, has waited a long time to take his official visit, but according to him it couldn't have gone any better.
"Everything is kind of a lull at the moment with my school right now, we're going to start studying and we've got finals next week," he said when asked about the timing of the trip. "The students are back, so we got to meet some of them too, so it was good timing overall.
"I had most of my questions already answered so I just wanted to get up here and hang out with some of the players and talk with the coaches a little bit more."
Kirkland's UW player-host was Dexter Charles. "He's a great guy, very funny," Kirkland said of Charles. "He gave me some pretty good advice. He said you're either in the weight room, coach Cozzetto's office or in class. That's how he's gotten to where he's been."
Kirkland said he also hung out with Erik Kohler and Jake Eldrenkamp.
What were the highlights of the trip? "It was my first time going to the Space Needle, so that was pretty cool," he said.
So how long did it take him to figure out the restaurant was moving? "About 10 minutes or so," Kirkland said with a chuckle. "I looked outside and it wasn't in the same spot where I was looking last. It was a little weird, but I was okay with it."
Kirkland also talked about some of the other recruits on the trip. "I hung out with Andrew Basham, and the kicker - Cameron Van Winkle," said Kirkland. "Some of the Georgia kids were hanging out there, hanging out with Azeem Victor…they are great guys - perfect fit for the program."
Obviously everyone is curious about the three players from the South that tripped to UW this weekend: Reuben Foster, Joe Sanders and Maurice Swain. "They were kind of quiet and kind of hung out on their own," Kirkland said. "Good guys, though."
There's also been questions about where Kirkland might play along the offensive line at UW. He had a meeting with UW OL Coach Dan Cozzetto during his official visit. "He asked if I would play tackle, and I told him I would play wherever he needed me to play," Kirkland said. "He told me he's going to teach me some center and said I could play anywhere along the line."
With the anticipation building for the remodeled Husky Stadium, the recruits got a sneak peak this weekend. "We actually got a little tour of the inside of what they've done so far and it's actually looking really nice," Kirkland said.
So how did Kirkland rate his trip from 1-10? "A 10."
What is his plans going forward toward February? "I'm not taking any more official visits," Kirkland said. "I'm going to continue working out and staying in shape and then I'll go ahead and sign."
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