One of the very best offensive linemen left unsigned come National Signing Day on Wednesday was the No. 12-ranked offensive tackle, Denver Kirkland.
During a Wednesday press conference broadcast live on ESPNU, the 6-foot-4, 333-pound Kirkland reached under the podium and pulled an Arkansas cap out and onto his head. He will be spending the next three-to-four years playing under newly hired coach Bret Bielema in Fayetteville.
Known for his elite run blocking, the No. 144-overall recruit in the nation chose the Razorbacks along with five-star running back Alex Collins. The careers of each will be intertwined, and very big things are expected from both from Hogs Nation.
Bielema, after coming down from Wisconsin, made it clear right away that he wanted to move from the spread offense the team utilized under Bobby Petrino and John L. Smith. He led the Badgers to three consecutive Rose Bowl appearances utilizing a power running game that made Montee Ball the all-time college football touchdowns leader.
Kirkland must have done his research. He has a fantastic opportunity to play to his strengths as a run blocker and eventually earn a selection in the NFL Draft under the tutelage of this hard-nosed, old school head coach.