Driving around fundraising for his high school team, Kirk's teammate lost control of the car and drove head on into a pole. Although wearing his seatbelt, Kirk hit the pole and the window, resulting in internal bleeding around his brain.
In retrospect, it takes more than a traffic accident to slow him down.
Only missing two games his sophomore season after being cleared by doctors, Kirk finished a shortened season with 43 catches for 1,003 yards and 14 touchdowns. Defensively, he had at cornerback 23 tackles with three interceptions.
"They had been talking to my coach and called about my teammate and my coach mentioned about me, so by the end of the phone call they said they wanted to offer me," Kirk told Badger Nation. "It was very exciting because it was my first offer outside the PAC 12 and it is a Big Ten offer.
"I know that Wisconsin likes to run the ball a lot, but being a wide receiver, I know they are a good pro-style offense. They have had some very productive years making it to the Rose Bowl and I like what they do."
The 5-10, 190-pound Kirk also stated that he might visit Wisconsin, but has to talk to the coaches and begin building a relationship with them. Despite the local scholarship offers, Kirk has no early favorites and looks to start visiting some schools after spring ball.
Junior-to-be Kirk understands early on what it takes to make the big plays, but also the player he wants to be.
"I am definitely humble, but I'm a competitor," he said. "When the game gets close, I'm always there to step up. That is something that I pride myself in my game."