NCF On The Trail: Christian Kirk

Meet No. 4 WR Christian Kirk 

March, 14, 2014
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video Throughout this recruiting cycle, RecruitingNation will profile a number of ESPN 300 prospects in the 2015 class, including an inside look at the prospect, his recruitment, a scouting report and what college program could benefit when he ultimately makes his decision.

Few high schools in the country could lose a player like D.J. Foster and have the excitement about the future not take a dip. In his senior season at Saguaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Foster broke the state record by scoring 60 touchdowns -- one defensively -- as he rushed for more than 3,000 yards for the Sabercats on their way to back-to-back state titles.


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USC commit Ricky Town is labeled as a key building block for new head coach Steve Sarkisian.

However, Town would like to be known as an active builder, too.


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Highlights from the L.A. NFTC 

March, 10, 2014
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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. -- A new season of the Nike Football Training Camp circuit got kicked off this past weekend in Los Angeles with a strong showing. It was a large turnout and had some good prospects, including several in the ESPN Junior 300. It is a strong year for quarterbacks out West, and that was on display at Redondo Union High School. The wide receivers and linemen also featured a good deal of talent. Here are the Recruiting Nation NFTC Awards, highlighting the top performers.


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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. -- Thirty athletes from the West region in the ESPN Junior 300 met at Redondo Union (Calif.) High School on Sunday morning for the first Nike Football Training Camp of the spring. With hundreds of recruits in attendance, it wasn't surprising that many of the top prospects coming into the event stood out.


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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. -- Thoughts on USC prospects at the Los Angeles Nike Football Training Camp held Sunday at Redondo Union High School:

Ricky Town (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure) came out and was one of the elite players in a very good group of quarterbacks. His delivery is so smooth and he had the added advantage of throwing the majority of reps to one of his favorite receivers, teammate, Lavan Alston (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure). When the QBs gathered for early drills, Town quickly took the first spot in line, something that any coach will appreciate to see from the QB position. The Trojans got a good one.


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Preliminary recruiting rankings have been out for months but some of the re-shuffling and separation could begin this upcoming weekend, when many of Southern California’s top prospects descend on Redondo (Calif.) Union High School.

The Nike Football Training Camp tour will make its annual stop in the Los Angeles area on Sunday, and a bevy of USC targets are expected to be among the participants, including quarterback commit Ricky Town (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure). The No. 2-rated pocket passer in the 2015 class will compete against a strong field that also features No. 1-rated passer Josh Rosen (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) and Notre Dame commit Blake Barnett (Corona, Calif./Santiago).


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A top objective for the USC Trojans in the 2015 recruiting class undoubtedly is to build a strong group of receivers around quarterback commit Ricky Town (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure), the No. 2-rated pocket passer in the ESPN Junior 300.

Head coach Steve Sarkisian took a productive step in that direction Saturday, hosting ESPN 300 receiver Christian Kirk (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro) on an unofficial visit. Kirk, the No. 4 receiver in the class and top-ranked player in Arizona, dropped by campus with his family and met with the new coaching staff for the first time.


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For the first time in what might seem like an eternity to USC fans, the Trojans will be able to sign a full, 25-member recruiting class next February as the scholarship limitations come to a close. That means more possibilities and, perhaps, less of a numbers crunch in the weeks leading up to next year’s national signing day.

With that in mind, here’s a list of 15 uncommitted recruits the Trojans could have near the top of their board to highlight the 2015 group:

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DB Iman Marshall (Long Beach, Calif./Poly): The shutdown corner they call “Biggie” would be a great get for the Trojans, if only because he plays a position of major need. USC managed to land Poly teammate John “Juju” Smith in the 2014 class and would like nothing more than to re-establish a pipeline at the Southern California powerhouse.


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Top 2015 targets: Pac-12 

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After several of the top 10 West region recruits from the Class of 2014 got away from Pac-12 teams, the conference will look to clean that up with the 2015 group. It's off to a strong start, as the only two committed prospects among the top 10 are headed to UCLA and USC. The 2015 class in the West region is loaded and there will be huge commitments from any of the 52 ESPN Junior 300 prospects in the West, but there's no surprise that the top five Pac-12 targets are the top five uncommitted prospects in the region.


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USC, UCLA differ in recruiting strategy 

November, 29, 2013
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When USC enters the Coliseum Saturday to take on crosstown rival UCLA, it will do so with some of the area’s top recruits looking intently from the stands, many of which hold scholarship offers from both schools.

Some had to wait longer than others for the option to attend college nearby. More often than not in recent years, UCLA has been quicker than USC in sending out offers to mutual targets. In fact, of the 12 in-state prospects from the 2015 class that the Trojans have already offered, only four-star offensive tackle Zach Robertson (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) added USC to his list of suitors before the Bruins joined the chase.

Yet USC’s recruiting efforts are not necessarily harmed by this seemingly cautious approach. UCLA beat USC in offering the likes of Viane Talamaivao (Corona, Calif./Centennial), Malik Dorton (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) and Toa Lobendahn (La Habra, Calif./La Habra), but the Trojans added them to their recruiting class nonetheless.

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The Pac-12 conference was all but officially shut out of the national championship discussion this weekend, but that won't dampen the spirits of the program that caused the dismissal -- Arizona -- or the one that will benefit most from it -- Arizona State.


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Weekend recruiting wrap: Big 12 

November, 11, 2013
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Trey Millard has consistently been one of the best fullbacks in college football since he arrived in Norman, Okla. But with his eligibility running out after this season, the Sooners were in desperate need of finding his replacement.

Well, Oklahoma might have found him last week in the form of a former Boise State commitment. We'll take a look at that commitment, a huge offer given to the No. 3 wide receiver in 2015, as well as the two teams really vying for ESPN 300 safety Edwin Freeman in this week's Big 12 recruiting weekend wrap.


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Here is a look at some of the top performances from Big Ten targets and commits for the week.

Illinois:
Mike Dudek: Dudek helped Neuqua Valley (Naperville, Ill.) beat O’Fallon 38-7 with three touchdown catches on the night.

Julian Hylton: The three-star running back had 159 yards on 30 carries with four touchdowns in his game. He helped lead Lincoln-Way North (Frankfort, Ill.) to a 41-6 win over Thornton Fractional South.

Indiana
Coray Keel: The Indiana commit and Snellville (Ga.) South Gwinnett wide receiver registered five catches for 108 yards and scored a 70-yard touchdown in a 30-28 win over Snellville Brookwood.


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Weekend recruiting wrap: Pac-12 

November, 4, 2013
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Oregon State reeled in two verbal commitments despite a Friday night loss to USC. UCLA hosted the nation's No. 21 overall recruit. An Arizona commitment authored a huge game in a blowout win. And all eyes will be on one colossal matchup in the Pac-12 this week.

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Weekend recruiting wrap: Pac-12 

October, 28, 2013
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Arizona State went back to El Cerrito (Calif.) High School to add another verbal commitment from an ESPN 300 prospect, several big visitors took in Oregon's win over UCLA, and career rushing records fell in San Diego and at a Northern California high school in this week's Pac-12 weekend recruiting wrap.

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