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Sunday, June 30, 2013
2015 WR has visit plans after The Opening

By Tom VanHaaren

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- Wide receiver Christian Kirk (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro) is one of only five 2015 prospects invited to The Opening. The standout prospect is honored by the accomplishment and is looking forward to experiencing the event firsthand.

"It's definitely super special. I remember watching it on TV and now knowing it's a big-time deal. It's the top seniors in the country, so to be invited as a junior is an honor," he said. "All week I was posting it on Facebook and Twitter, like check me out on ESPNU. My parents will be back home having a viewing party, so I have a lot of support."

Kirk will have his family and friends watching him on TV throughout the week, but he will likely have a lot of college coaches watching as well. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound receiver already holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Florida State, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and more.

Those offers came in fast and while he doesn't yet have any favorites, there were a few offers that really caught his attention.

"I'm nowhere close to coming out with top favorites, but schools like Ohio State was one that was big for me," he said. "Texas A&M, Florida State, really the ones that came that weren't really known for recruiting Arizona. Those were the ones that kind of made me go,'Wow, they're actually coming out here for me.' "

Texas A&M might not be a school that regularly recruits Arizona, but they might have an extra hand with Kirk's recruitment. The standout prospect happens to be friends with 2014 Texas A&M quarterback commit Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain), who has been recruiting Kirk to the Aggies.

"Oh, yeah. He's been recruiting me," Kirk said. "That might factor into it a little bit. Having someone you're comfortable with is nice."

But in the meantime he plans on checking out a few other schools that he isn't so familiar with. Kirk was going to take visits earlier in the process, but has been bogged down with other events and his schedule didn't permit those trips.

"I didn't think my summer would be this loaded, so the later part of July, especially after The Opening I'm going to get out to some schools," he said. "I'm most likely going to Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame anywhere in the next few weeks. I have to sit down and talk to the coaches and see if they have time for me to come visit."