Friday, July 26, 2013
ESPN Junior 300 WR Kirk taking his time
By Sam Khan Jr.
The summer has been a busy one for 2015 ESPN Junior 300 receiver Christian Kirk.
The highlight of the summer for the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro prospect came when Kirk made a trip to Beaverton, Ore., as one of only five 2015 prospects to participate in The Opening. Because of his schedule, he hasn't been able to visit as many colleges as he would have liked.
Class of 2015 WR Christian Kirk has plenty of time to pick a school, so he's in no hurry to name favorites.
As a result, Kirk said it's too early in the recruiting process to name "favorites" but he has unofficially visited three campuses so far: Arizona State, Texas A&M and UCLA.
UCLA was the first school to offer Kirk, a four-star prospect, shortly after his freshman season.
"Coach [Noel] Mazzone, he's been on me since my freshman year," Kirk said. "He's a cool guy. He makes you feel at home. The whole UCLA staff showed a lot of love. That's a great area down there and should be a fun place to play football."
Arizona State was the next school to offer the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Kirk, about a week after the Bruins did. Location and ties from members of his inner circle to the Sun Devils help make them a contender.
"[Running back] D.J. Foster, their superstar right now, I played with him my freshman year," Kirk said. "He's a great guy, and he tells me all about it. The coaching staff too, shows a lot of love. They believe that I'm the best player in the state right now, even with all of these 2014 prospects. They definitely show a lot of growth.
"My coach [at Saguaro, Jason Mohns], he went there too, my mom went there, so there's definitely some push and some lean with family friends and stuff around here. But I like what they're doing. I like what Coach [Todd] Graham has done and the atmosphere that he brings around the program."
But one conference Kirk, the nation's third-ranked 2015 receiver, has long thought about competing in is the Southeastern Conference. That's where the Aggies come into the picture.
"Texas A&M with the success they had the past year and once I started hearing from them, it started sparking my interest," Kirk said. "It has always been a dream of mine to play in the SEC. In my freshman year, I told my coach 'I want to play in the SEC." He said 'All they do is run the ball. You're not going to be able to play, and it's a whole different world.' But once I saw Texas A&M, a team running the spread in the SEC, I think that's what mainly sparked my interest."
When one of Kirk's friends, 2014 ESPN 300 quarterback Kyle Allen (now an A&M commit) took an unofficial visit in March, Kirk decided to go along, the weekend of the Maroon-and-White spring game.
"Kyle Allen went there and visited, so I decided to come down with my family too, that weekend," Kirk said. "Once I stepped foot on campus, I felt at home. They made me feel real comfortable. The coaches made me feel comfortable, laughing, cracking jokes. It's definitely a great place down there. But the whole part with the SEC and the spread, the Air Raid offense, for me that's the perfect part. Coach [David] Beaty, the receivers coach, we have a good relationship. They're definitely a school that's up there for me."
Still, Kirk said because he has only been able to make a few visits, he's in no rush to come to a decision or narrow his possible choices.
"I wouldn't necessarily say that I haven't any favorites right now," Kirk said. "There's a plethora of schools that I'm talking to. I had plans of really sitting down and narrowing the schools down that I wanted to go visit, not necessarily narrowing the offers or narrowing down my list. I could see myself next offseason or after this season cutting down my list and really focusing on the schools that I could actually see myself going to."