Tuesday, January 7, 2014

2015 WR Christian Kirk Eyes Midwest Trip

Position: Wide Receiver
Ht/Wt: 5'10" / 175 lbs.
Location: Saguaro High School - Scottsdale, Arizona
Class: 2015
Offers: Arizona, Arizona State, Florida State, Miami (FL), Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Oregon State, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, Wisconsin
Film: Hudl

After East Lake High wide receiver George Campbell decommitted in mid-December, Michigan began to more seriously pursue some past targets that could be a good fit in the Wolverines system.  One player that Michigan reached out to before the season is Saguaro wideout Christian Kirk.  The speedy receiver did not hear much from Michigan during the season, but this changed after Campbell's decommitment.

Once the Wolverines were slated to play in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against the Kansas State Wildcats, Michigan reached out to several prospects in the area of their bowl game.  Kirk and fellow junior Cassius Peat were invited to attend a practice leading up to the BWW bowl, but only Peat was able to attend.  Regardless of his absence, Kirk was extended a scholarship offer and was told that Michigan would be pursuing him with gusto moving forward.

This was part of my immediate take on Kirk's offer after it was extended on Christmas Eve:
"With a huge junior year under his belt, Kirk has elevated his already high status as one of the nation's most heavily regarded prospects.  Kirk saw time at multiple positions this year, showing his ability to take handoffs, catch passes and return kicks or punts.
At the end of the year, Kirk totaled 2,331 all-purpose yards and 30 touchdowns on the way to putting together a very impressive highlight tape, and it is easy to see why so many colleges would love to have Kirk suiting up on their team in the fall of 2015.  Kirk shows his dynamic quality as a game-changer at running back or wide receiver by running past, around and even over opposing defenders.  He has a low center of gravity and good vision that combine to set up timely cuts which usually lead to pay dirt.  His elusiveness and change of direction are strong points of his game as a speedster that could translate to a few different positions in college."
As evidenced by the gaudy amount of yards he accumulated for Saguaro this year, Kirk had a dominant junior campaign.  "It was a successful junior season," said Kirk.  "I did all of the things I would like to have done and set our seniors out with rings, so I set every goal I set out for in 2013.  It was very successful."

Kirk was able to have such a strong season thanks to his physical ability that separates himself quite-literally from opposing defensive backs.  "I play fast," said Kirk.  "I'm pretty sure it's obvious to most people when they watch my film.  I'm very dynamic and I can play multiple positions.  However, I have remained very good at one main position.  I have really good, reliable hands and I play hard and physical.  Whatever college I go to, people ca expect big plays and something to happen every time I have the ball in my hands."

These traits are part of the reason why Kirk is such a highly-coveted prospect at this point.  Kirk has well over 20 schools vying for his services and will have a very difficult decision when it comes time to choose his future destination.  In fact, Kirk is already unsure of where his recruitment may lead.  "I don't have any favorites at this point," said Kirk.  "Going into the spring evaluation period as winter ends, just coming into contact with schools and scheduling some visits here and there.  That's about it."

Even though he already has racked up quite a few offers, Kirk maintains that it is not too late for Michigan to become a very serious contender for his services.  "No, any school that is offers me has a shot and I wouldn't consider this late," said Kirk.  "The end of the junior year is when most kids get offered, so I'd give them an equal opportunity.  If a school tried as hard as they can and they built a close relationship real quick, you never know what could happen."

The relationship aspect is what would help Michigan the most in Kirk's recruitment as he is already well aware of the Wolverines deep history.  This relationship might be given the chance to prosper over the offseason as Kirk is contemplating a visit.  "I've been thinking about heading up to the midwest and seeing some schools," said Kirk.  "I want to see all the big ones like Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State.  All those schools that are pretty close to each other.  If I'm  up there, I might as well hit all of them."

While Kirk has been used to playing in the friendly conditions of Arizona up to this point, he admits that the transition to a cold-weather school such as Michigan, Michigan State or Ohio State would be difficult.  "It would be rough," said Kirk.  "I'm not a guy that enjoys the cold.  If it's somewhere I want to play football then I would definitely tough it out."

In addition to his relationship with the coaching staff, Kirk has an idea of what he would like out of not just the school, but the city that his future college is in.  "I want a place where I'm comfortable outside of the football program," said Kirk.  "When there's free time, I want there to be stuff to go out and do.  I don't want to be locked up at a dorm the whole time.  I want to enjoy myself.  And if my coach were to leave, I want to be at a place I can see myself going to school and still enjoying without having to transfer.  That's the ultimate goal.  Also a program that can help me for my future.  Ultimately my goal is to get to the NFL, so I want to go to a school that is pumping out guys at my position and that runs a successful scheme.  That will pop out to me too."

Look for Kirk to schedule a visit to Michigan either for a basketball game or the spring game.  The Wolverines will become more active in hosting recruits once the dead period is over, and that is when Kirk may receive his shot at furthering his relationship with the Michigan staff.

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