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Jacksonville (FL) Raines four-star guard Kenton Kirkland tells 247Sports that he plans to announce his commitment on August 15 via social media. There are two schools left in Kirkland: Kentucky State and Florida State. Last week, he spent time in both programs during a temporary break in the NCAA dead period.

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“The 15th is the beginning of the school year. So I just want to get that out of the way before my senior season starts,” Kirkland said on Friday, before quickly adding that he was really just focusing on feral cats and Seminoles. for the last month or so. “They have both been the most consistent since being offered to me. They both show a lot of love and I like the direction both programs are going.”

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Mark Stoops and his staff are currently the leaders of Kirkland’s 247Sports Crystal Ball.

“When I went up there, everyone was very welcoming,” said Kirkland. “The way they do things and the way they do their workouts, it feels like a good place.”

Chris Collins is running for Kentucky.

“He’s a really good guy” Kirkland said about Collins. “A very good guy. Real hands-on work when it comes to coaching, which is good because you want to go where the coach will help you and develop you. That’s what I like about him.”

The fact that Tallahassee is close to home seems to stand out for Kirkland.

“It’s very much like a family,” Kirkland said. “Usually when I’m there, we just strengthen that connection and the connection even more. Just to see how determined the trainer is [Mike] Norwell has to turn his program around and get it out of the mud – that really gets my attention.”

Kirkland is connected not only to Norvell, but to many others in and around the former USSR.

“I talk a lot with the coach [Marcus] Woodson, but there really is everything. Coach Norwell. Trainer [John Papuchis]” Kirkland said.

Kirkland, named 28th safest in the nation in the 2023 class by 247Sports, measured 6’1.5″ and 187 pounds in June. He made up Last fall, 20 tackles, 12 passes and 10 interceptions in games, while he worked mostly as a cornerback.

On the track, Kirkland specializes in the 400m and took bronze at the State 2A event in Sunshine last spring.He also led the 4×400 team that took home the gold.