In fact, it only strengthened it.
"It went more than great,'' Kirksey said before boarding a plane home. "I loved the atmosphere. They are still the leader.''
He was hosted by fellow Floridian and defensive tackle Antwan Lowery.
"We chilled with the players, and everybody else, and played games with them,'' Kirksey said. "We went to the (Bubble) and got to see the facilities. We saw the players lift weights, played a little pool. We went out to dinner, and we ate breakfast at the stadium.
"We went to the ESPN Zone and ate dinner there last night and played games there, and talked to the head coach one-on-one.''
Kirksey said he made the trip by himself, and the meeting with Schiano provided further insight into the program, and how the 6-foot-1, 273-pound fit into the roster.
"He was telling me how the program is, and that I'm a big aspect to the team,'' Kirksey said. "And he'd love to have me there.''
Kirksey also was able to gain a better understanding on the dynamics of how the program operates, and learn how the players interact with one another.
So, what transpired that Kirksey didn't expect to enjoy as much as he did?
"The family atmosphere, and how the players got along with each other,'' he said.
And the subfreezing temperatures didn't faze Kirksey, either.
"The weather was cold,'' he said. "It's nothing I can't get used to.''
However, no matter what school Kirksey chooses, there is academic work he must complete to gain eligibility. He said he needs a qualifying test score.