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The senior, who also had offers from Southern Utah and other smaller schools, will be a preferred walk-on with UNLV.
"I'm excited to contribute however I can and work my way in," Kirschbaum said. "People think it's all about going to a big name school but I realize it's not about where you go; it's about where you get the opportunity to play. I want to play football and I think UNLV will give me that opportunity."
Kirschbaum, also a fullback, rushed for seven touchdowns and 899 yards in 2008.
"I think Jon can bring a lot of potential to UNLV and should be able to instantly contribute on special teams," Del Sol coach Preston Goroff said. "He's about a year away physically from being able to compete at the college level but in a year or so he can be a great addition on defense."
Kirschbaum is not the first from the Henderson-based Southeast Division to accept UNLV's preferred walk-on offer. Green Valley High quarterback Nick Libonati, who verbally committed last week, will also be a preferred walk-on.
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