December 3, 2010

Rising 2012 star enjoys return visit to VT

The Hokies had plenty of prospects on hand for a big win over the Cavaliers on Saturday. One of those was a 6-foot-4, 260-pound junior who made a return visit to campus.

"This one was really good, they got the W," Lynchburg (Va.) Brookville 2012 defensive tackle Korren Kirven said. "I had fun up there. I talked to Coach Stinespring and went out to talk to Coach Beamer and the other coaches before the game.

"They were pushing me to commit and telling me how much they wanted me and wanted to see me up there. Coach Stinespring talked to my dad."

Did the coaches say much?

"Coach Beamer was just saying how nice it is to see me again and it's nice to know I'm up there," he said. "He told me how I was doing well in my season and he was pushing to get me. He talked about how much they wanted me."

Of course, the visit was for the game against Virginia and Kirven was impressed.

"I just enjoyed the game," he said. "It was great. I came in a little late, but I think the line did really well. Most of the time they stopped the run a lot. Basically, the whole team did well. They shut down Virginia's run game after the first series."

Kirven has been to just about every game this season was there much different this time around?

"It wasn't much different, it was just a big rivalry game," he said. "Everybody was ready for this game."

The Hokies already offered Kirven a month ago; three other schools recently pulled the trigger on the lineman.

"Virginia, Wake Forest and NC State have offered," he said. "It's great having four offers now.

"I've talked to most of the coaches from the schools. Coach Hanson from Virginia want me to come up for a basketball game, Coach Willis from NC State really likes me. I heard he loved my highlight tape. He actually mentioned that when he got my film he thought I was a senior so he approved it right they're not going through the other coaches. He liked the way I looked and played. I haven't talked to Wake Forest a lot, but they'll be filling me in on them more soon."

Though Kirven plans to take more unofficial visits, he has yet to set up any others at this time.

On the season, Kirven has helped Brookville to the state semifinals, as they'll face Richlands this weekend.

"We've got to come out and win it all or everybody will be heartbroken," he said. "I think we have accomplished a lot. Everyone doubted us at first, they didn't expect us to be anything. We were picked to be No. 4 in the district and out of the playoffs in the first round, but we've made it far."

In terms of his own season, Kirven has improved also.

"I think I have had a great season," he said. "I'm helping out the team a lot on defense, I'm playing all defense now. My technique is much better and I'm quicker off the line too."

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