6-7 305 pound tackle Jaxson Kirkland of Jesuit has a stock that is rising quickly. He projects as a double digit D1 offer athlete, that could end up being ranked one of the top lineman in the nation. Kirkland joined Alex Forsyth (6-4 300 West Linn) as one of only two juniors state wide to earn 1st team all state honors.
He comes from a football family with his father Dean Kirkland spending time with Buffalo, Tampa Bay, and Denver during his NFL career. Jaxson runs incredibly well for a kid with legit size. Watch his film and you see an athlete with unique mobility.
The Crusaders ran the table, finishing the year (14-0) with a state title. Referencing next year Kirkland says, “We want to win another championship, and I think we have the talent coming back to do so”. Adding, “Everybody will need to get stronger and faster as we will have a lot of holes to fill, especially on the defense.” Jesuit graduates a special senior class, featuring 36 kids.
Before all is said and done Jaxson could have a majority of the Pac 12 extending an offer. You can expect multiple schools to be knocking on his door shortly as he is a rare breed of lineman. Brayden Kearsley (6-5 300 T Aloha), now at OSU, dominated the state a few years back blocking for Thomas Tyner. Kirkland is right there with him.
He is a class kid that represents the Northwest well on and off the field. Expect him to be one of the region’s top recruits on what will be another state title contending team next season.