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Four-Star OT Payton Kirkland Picks Texas Over Oklahoma, Florida and Others

NCAA Football: Texas at Texas Tech

The Texas Longhorns have stolen a prized prospects from a slew of blue blood programs included their rival Oklahoma.

Four-star offensive tackle Payton Kirkland announced on Saturday night he would be heading to play for the Texas Longhorns as part of the 2023 class.

Just check out what Kirkland put on social media hours before his announcement. There was no Texas logo in the picture.


Kudos to Kyle Flood for getting Kirkland to commit to Texas, as the Longhorns only began surfacing late in the process, and as you can see above, Kirkland himself seemed to double down on the idea that Texas was not in the picture.

At 6-foot-6 and 345 pounds, Kirkland s the fifth offensive lineman to join the class and quite possibly the last.

Kirkand is from Florida, playing at Orlando (FL) Dr. Phillips high school. Prior to Dr. Phillips, Kirkland was at West Orange high school where he played offensive and defensive tackle as a freshman. He also took snaps at right tackle in 2020 before moving over to left tackle last season.

According to 247Sports, Kirkland is the No. 274 player in the Class of 2023, while also ranking as the No. 25 offensive tackle.

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