There were several impressive individual performers at Saturday's Kentucky camp, and one of the best was turned in by one of the youngest players in attendance.
Defensive back A.J. Kirk Jr. has never played a down of varsity football yet, as he just recently completed the eighth grade in Ohio. Kirk will attend Columbus Watterson High School next fall as a freshman.
Only 14-years old, the younger brother of former Ohio State and NFL safety Mike Doss showed good size, the ability to change direction, and the competitiveness to battle older players.
"Getting the offer from Kentucky was an amazing feeling, because this is something I've always wanted to accomplish," Kirk Jr. stated. "Being around these Kentucky coaches was great, and they treated me like one of their players."
"I felt like I was able to compete with these older guys, even though I've only played eighth grade football so far," he added. "I loved the coaches working with me and coaching me hard."
"I don't have a favorite school at all, and I watch everybody," he continued.
Since both of his parents are deceased, Kirk Jr. has been living with Doss since he was six years old. The coaching he is receiving daily from the former Buckeye and NFL great is an invaluable aid to his growth and development.
Kirk Jr. will be working out at Ohio State next Tuesday at the Buckeye summer camp.