Recruit says he called Brady Hoke to commit while Hoke was in church

Nick Bromberg
May 20, 2014
Darrin Kirkland Jr.

Linebacker Darrin Kirkland wanted to call Michigan coach Brady Hoke to tell him he was committing to the Wolverines. Hoke was in church with his family.

You can see how this would be a potential issue. It wasn't.

"Actually, when I called Coach Hoke he was in church," Kirkland told "Coach [Greg] Mattison, Coach [Chris] Singletary and Coach Mallory gave me a big hug and we had a nice, little celebration in the locker room and on the field."

Kirkland told that Hoke and his wife simply stepped out of church and she screamed when she heard of his choice.

I called Coach Hoke but he was in church so him and his wife ran out of church and I told him that I’m committing. His wife actually screamed out loud in church about it. (Laughs) It was pretty crazy!

Kirkland said that he wasn't going to commit on his visit before the weekend and planned on waiting until August to decide where he wanted to go. That all changed when he set foot on campus.

"This weekend overall was one of the best times I have had on a college visit," Kirkland said. "It felt like home as soon as I got on campus. This is a special place and everything they showed my family, it just made us feel that we'd be comfortable here for the next four years. I didn't want to be at any other place than here."

Kirkland is a four-star linebacker according to Rivals and the No. 1 prospect in the state of Indiana and had offers from 25 other schools. Before his commitment, Michigan had the No. 23 recruiting class in the country for 2015.

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