Payton Kirkland, 6-7 325-pound OT with 64 offers, lists 2 SEC programs among final 5
Payton Kirkland is an elite prospect in the class of 2023, and after he received a reported 64 offers, the offensive tackle prospect out of Orlando, Florida (Dr. Phillips) has narrowed his list to 5 schools, including 2 from the SEC.
Kirkland, a 4-star recruit, is ranked the No. 18 offensive tackle prospect in the class, and the No. 38 prospect in the Sunshine State, according to the 247Sports Composite. His top 5 schools are Alabama, Michigan State, Miami, Oklahoma and Florida.
Here’s his scouting report from 247Sports:
A big body with some functional athleticism. Owns a wider base. Believed to be just under 6-foot-6, 350 pounds coming out of junior season. Blessed with some length in the arms. Power-based player that is a solid drive blocker. Packs a strong punch and has won with his upper body plenty of times on Friday nights as he pushes would-be tacklers and pass rushers to the side. Has shown that he can get to the second level and find a linebacker when needed. Has worked through a different pass sets over the years, and has an effective quickstep for someone his size, but must keep improving as a pass blocker, especially if he’s going to be tasked with trying to fend off the twitched-up front seven players that call the SEC home these days. Likely will need a few years to rework the body and add strength in the core, but has the makeup of someone that can be molded into a multi-year starter at a Power 5 program with the right coaching. Will be viewed by some as a tackle at the next level, but could also find a home at one of the guard spots, which isn’t a bad thing as position versatility is always valuable. Rare measurables could eventually have him on the radar of NFL scouts.
BREAKING: Four-Star OT Payton Kirkland is down to 5️⃣ Schools!
The 6’7 325 OT from Orlando, FL holds a total of 64 offers
— Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) March 18, 2022
Here are his highlights from Hudl: