February 01, 2012
The best defensive tackle in the state of Virginia this year is Korren Kirven and he has decided head away from home.
Kirven's recruitment ended on National Signing Day with a commitment to Alabama. This comes as a bit of a surprise as the Virginia Tech Hokies have been a mainstay at or near the top of Kirven's list throughout the process and his school has sent Logan Thomas and Zack McCray to Blacksburg in recent years. However, this is a huge boost for Nick Saban and Alabama as he's ranked as the No. 16 defensive tackle in the nation and the No. 7 prospect in the Commonwealth. He's also holding down a spot in the Rivals250.
"I am signing with Alabama," Korven said. "The coaches are really good at Alabama, it's a very solid program that always competes for a national title and they develop players for the NFL."
The Lynchburg (Va.) Brookville defensive tackle seemed to go back and forth in the weeks leading up to his commitment but in the end he decided to head out of state. The Tide had made Kirven a huge priority over the course of his recruitment and their hard work paid off.
"The mindset of the players down there is different," he said. "It's a winning mentality and they are all business. I also really like the campus and the opportunity there."
In the days and weeks leading up to his decision Kirven had appeared to trim his list to Virginia Tech, Tennessee and Alabama. Rumors swirled at various times that Alabama was out. Then the assumption was the Vols were out and the Tide was still a factor. However, many still felt Virginia Tech would win out in the end. But Saban and his staff had other plans.
- Mike Farrell, Rivals.com National Recruiting Analyst