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4-star linebacker chooses Michigan over Kentucky





Darrin Kirkland, Jr., a consensus 4-star inside linebacker from Indianapolis, committed to play for the University of Michigan this afternoon over the University of Kentucky, the University of Tennessee, and several other schools. 247Sports Composite ranks Kirkland as the 5th best inside linebacker in the country, as well as the 194th ranked player in the class of 2015.


Kirkland took an unofficial visit to Lexington last Saturday, but the 6’2″, 228-lb. Lawrence Central Bear ultimately committed to Brady Hoke’s Wolverines during a trip to Ann Arbor this weekend. Even though Marks Stoops & Co. missed out on a big-time Yahtzee, Kirkland’s serious interest in the Wildcats speaks wonders for the state of Kentucky’s football program. Just three short years ago, a 4-star linebacker committing to play elsewhere hardly would’ve qualified as news. Now, we’re begging the question, Why not us?


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Article written by Connor Link


30 Comments for 4-star linebacker chooses Michigan over Kentucky

  1. Puh-leez
    4:15 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    He’s been a Michigan lean for a long time. Can’t lose what you don’t have, he was never coming to UK.

    • danger
      6:34 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      And we could NEVER have someone like him, Plain and simple. Im glad that I am not the only one that realizes this. UK is not a powerhouse and we arent ever going to compare to programs like that. We only get somewhat decent players because they want to start and know that they never would at a better school. UK is sadly the laughing stock of the SEC. We havent won an in-state game in the last 6 and havent won an SEC game in almost 1000 days… Literally, look it up. Its pretty sad.

    • danger
      6:40 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      Also, It’s pretty sad that there are TWO (2) schools that left the SEC in the 1960’s that have more SEC championships than UK does…

    • UpperSectionStudent
      6:50 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      Actually, we can get players like that, and have. Hell, we got a few ranked higher than him before Stoops even showed up. What is your point? I bet you are a ton of fun to go out and drink with. Must kill it with the ladies.

    • UpperSectionStudent
      6:52 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      We’re ranked higher than Michigan in the team rankings at the moment. I hate people like you. You wouldn’t know football if someone hit you in the face with one. And I hope someday a person does.

    • danger
      6:53 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      Rarely man, When we share a conference with giants like Alabama and Florida and Georgia?… Im just saying its a tough world for us. And why Bro? for stating facts? Dont get me wrong, I like to dream too…but [email protected]… or history is just embarrassing and our odds couldn’t be MORE stacked against us.

    • danger
      6:54 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      Ranked Higher than Michigan? Bahahaha XD now there is a dream that I’d like to share man!! And I happen have played friend.. I know football… and reality. The latter you seem to lack perspective of.

    • UpperSectionStudent
      7:00 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      Please stop being a UK fan. You’re useless. And we’re ranked 18 and Michigan is 24.

    • UpperSectionStudent
      7:02 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      And we ranked higher than them at the end of recruiting last year. You either don’t comprehend football or just wanna complain. Either way, go elsewhere.

    • UpperSectionStudent
      7:03 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      We have an LB committed in 2015 who is ranked higher than this guy. YOU ARE AN IDIOT.

    • Reality
      8:58 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      Hey Upper Decker, you do realize that signing day is in February, right? The NCAA doesn’t give out trophies for recruiting. Coaches are paid to WIN and the only thing Stoops has proven, so far, is that he can’t win football games. Start talking crap when he has a winning season.

    • MadTex
      9:12 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      well said “Reality”….well said!!

    • In Danger of Trolling
      10:05 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      Funny how there was a poster using the name danger the other day who was suspected of being a Louisville fan who adamantly claimed to be a Duke fan and now there’s a danger claiming to be a UK fan but saying many of the same things about the football team that a Louisville fan might. Probably just a coincidence.

    • UpperSectionStudent
      10:14 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      Whoever they are, they are very stupid and don’t understand what’s happening in Lexington. In Stoops 4th year when we crack the top 25, they won’t have much to say.

    • bluemanchew
      11:01 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      Please stop changing your name. If you use the same name I can say UL troll and skip the post.

  2. Goo
    4:49 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Three years ago a four star linebacker would not even be on uks campus, ever. Stoops has done a great job so far

    • great
      6:44 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      Stoops is more of a joker than joker… are you kidding me? He looks like a baby and he is just whinny on top of that. UK never should have tried him just because of the success of his brother. It is clear that they share no talent. His first year (same record as jokers last) was just embarrassing, and a LOT of commentators are saying that this year will be more of the same. That chubby, baby faced boy can get lost for all I care. I want a REAL man for a coach.
      Not to mention, all of these ads are pretty annoying since we never follow them up. “what If?” is a gay ass slogan anyways.. pretty much acknowledges the fact that we are dreaming and its a distant possibility

    • Trollerrific
      10:09 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      If only “what if” were actually the slogan. You need to head on back to the Cardinals boards troll.

    • bluemanchew
      11:03 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      This UL troll changed his name again

  3. Goo
    4:51 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Still trying to clean up jokers mess he left here. Can only do so much with what talent joker left here

  4. Jared
    4:52 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Nice article Connor

  5. Fallacies Are Wrong Because They Are In Error
    5:26 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    That isn’t begging the question.

    • Truebluefan
      6:57 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      Thank you. This is what I came in here to say. I wish people would just stop using this phrase as apparently no one knows how to use it correctly.

  6. Andy
    5:43 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    IF we start winning games, he may have a change of mind. Damien Harris was a MI lock…just sayin

  7. Chaz
    7:17 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    The non-UK fans seem disturbed over the non-commitment of a linebacker. Why is that?

    • Chuck
      10:11 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      Great question.

  8. Common Sense
    8:54 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Ain’t over til it’s over…. Michigan had just 7 wins last year and got spanked by a Kansas State team in their bowl….they aren’t the power they once were….Another season like that and this kid will be debating looking elsewhere….especially if Stoops wins 5 or 6….This happened to Michigan last year too… we got til the first Wednesday in February….

    • More Common Sense
      9:05 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      Kentucky had 2 wins and got spanked by Western Kentucky. Bowl game? Yes, UK players got to watch all of them on TV…for the past several years. Now, which is more appealing?

    • bluemanchew
      11:07 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      UL troll name change alert. Really need a sign in and email requirement. But matt gets a hit everytime a troll posts. How many people are on the UL board? Oh yeah what UL board.

  9. bluegrassstu
    10:19 am May 19, 2014 Permalink

    Coach Stoops is doing a very nice job of recruiting. He won 2 games last year, He will win at least 4 games this year. The Loserville trolls should just stfu, both of Pitino and Petrino are adulterous humans and are a disgrace. I would hope UK officials would terminate any coach who commited adultery. The only reason Loserville has not fired either Pitino or Petrino is because Loserville is desperate to be relevant.