Offensive lineman John Dirksen
OL JOHN DIRKSEN; 6-5, 303; MARIA STEIN (OHIO) MARION LOCAL
247Sports ranking: Three stars, No. 33 OT.
Rivals ranking: Three stars, No. 37 OT.
Notable numbers: Dirksen blocked for a team that averaged 31.2 points per game in his senior season. Marion Local won the last 27 games of his career.
Birthday: June 9, 1999.
First scholarship offer: Toledo.
Moment I knew I wanted to be Irish: “March 25, 2017. That was my first spring practice I went to during my junior year.”
One word to describe Brian Kelly: Fun.
The one thing I won’t miss about the recruiting process: “Coaches and a lot of guys try to lie to you.”
Best player I’ve played against: Coldwater DE Malave Bettinger.
The last thing I watched on Netflix: “The Ranch.”
Most embarrassing song on my playlist: “Everytime We Touch” — Cascada.
Dream job (other than the NFL): “I’m still trying to figure that out.”
Expectations for my freshman season: “I’ll probably redshirt, I’m guessing, but just working hard, gaining strength in the weight room and getting the plays down.”
Favorite football accomplishment: “Starting freshman year game one.”
Under Armour, Nike or Adidas: Under Armour.
What was the first position you played in football? Right guard.
What’s your best sport other than football? Track.
Sports idol: Joe Thomas.
Preferred social media: Snapchat.
Favorite musician/band: Five Finger Death Punch.
Celebrity crush: Beyoncé.
How many times have you watched Rudy? Three.
Most used emoji:
How many pets do you have? Zero.