He's going to Disney World
UA All-American DT excited not only to play in game, but also about hitting legendary park
Korren Kirven is excited -- for more than one reason.
First, he can't wait to practice and play against the top prospects in the country in January during the week leading up to the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 5.
Second, he's also excited about a possible visit to nearby Disney World.
"Whaaaat?" said the four-star defensive tackle who didn't know the practices were held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World. "Oh, yeah man. That would be great. I've never been. That would definitely be great. I didn't even know we were going to Disney World to tell you the truth."
"I told my dad and and my parents and they were all happy and excited for me," said Kirven, who is No. 109 in the ESPNU 150. "That was a big thing. I was very excited. To be playing with the best players in the nation. To be selected to play in the Under Armour Game, it was great to hear. Me and my dad have been wanting me to play in that for a long time."
There hasn't been a lot of news from Kirven. He's not real fond of doing interviews, especially about recruiting. Instead, he's he's focused on a historical season as Brookville is 12-0 with two games remaining.
"It's been a great ride," Kirven said. "We're just taking it week by week and practicing hard. We set our goal at the beginning of the season. We want to be the only team to go 14-0 and win a state championship from Brookville. It's a big thing.
"We're just trying to step up to the occasion and win this week and we're in the state championship. Then we can get that ring."
Recruiting, however, is never too far away for the nation's ninth-best defensive tackle. Coaches from Alabama, Tennessee and Maryland are scheduled to visit him this week. Once his season is complete, he'll begin to set up official visits. Kirven said he'll definitely visit Alabama and Tennessee and probably Auburn. Kirven hasn't taken an official visit yet.
Although, the 6-foot-3, 270-pounder has never officially named a list of schools he's interested in, he said he's "liking" all the colleges in Virginia, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Maryland.
As for what he wants in a college, well, the total package is the best way to describe it.
"A place that I'm wanted," Kirven said. "A place where there are good coaches in a stable environment. A place where a coach is going to be there awhile. A program that wants to win. Academics and what the degree is going to mean after college, how they're going to develop me as an athlete and as a person too."
That opportunity will be afforded Kirven thanks to his continued improvement, which has been boosted by his frequent trips to camps, such as The Opening on the Nike campus in Beaverton, Ore. Kirven said his technique, strength and speed have all taken significant leaps this season.
That has helped his college stock, but Kirven's not too concerned about that. He's just worried about winning two more games and, eventually, going to Disney World.
Dave Hooker covers Southeast and Atlantic Coast recruiting. He has covered recruiting and college football for more than a decade. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @davehookerespn
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