We’re back to our regularly scheduled content here on Yellow Jacked Up as we continue to look at Georgia Tech Football’s transfer haul. Up today is the most recent transfer, offensive tackle Kenneth Kirby.
Kirby comes to The Flats after spending four years at Norfolk State including a redshirt season in 2018. He’ll have just one year of eligibility left to play on The Flats.
Coming out of High School:
Coming out of Menchville High School in the talent rich area of Newport News, Virginia, Kirby wasn’t all that highly recruited by the usual standards. After a solid career at Menchville which included playing varsity football all four years and three years of varsity baseball, he attended Fork Union Military Academy for one year of post grad. After his one year with Fork Union, he would sign with Norfolk State to play his collegiate football.
His time at Norfolk State:
During his time at Norfolk State, Kirby started in all 32 games he played in for the Spartans. In 2019 as a left tackle, he earned All-MEAC First-Team honors after allowing just two and a half sacks across 884 snaps, he also graded out at 96% according to Norfolk State’s official website. All in all,, at Norfolk State, Kirby developed into a legitimate NFL prospect who with a regular fall season would’ve been looking to get drafted in the upcoming NFL Draft. Now, instead, he looked to raise his stock with one more year against but this time against a higher level of competition.
His Future on The Flats:
What Kirby brings to The Flats the most is experience. You look at the Jackets offensive line depth and outside the starters, there isn’t a ton of experience across the board. Additionally, a lot of their depth is also quite young and may not be at the necessary level to play on the field week in and week out. In that aspect, he’ll help fix that problem to a point. The decision to bring Kirby into the program definitely seems like one of the Jackets seeing an opportunity to make their team better and add even more experienced depth on the offensive line heading into this pivotal season in our opinion. There’s certainly a great deal of talent the Jackets have brought in on the offensive line the last two recruiting classes but one thing you can’t teach is that experience.
With that, it’s almost certain he’ll get playing time in 2021 but that being said, it will be interesting to see if it’s as a stater or as part of the rotation to start the season. The Jackets return both their starters at tackle in LT Jordan Williams and RT Zach Quinney from last season. Either way, with Kirby, the Jackets add a heavily experienced tackle to their roster who could step in and give the Jackets quality play at the position with high upside.