'No. 1 priority'

Four-star wide receiver Christian Kirk of Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro received a visit from the Irish staff last week, and he talks about a rekindled relationship and why there was a drop off in communication between the two parties last fall.

Wide out Christian Kirk of Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro is ranked as the No. 4 wide receiver in the class of 2015 by Scout.com, and he received a visit from Irish assistant coach Bob Elliott last week.

"We had a great conversation," Kirk said. "Early in the recruiting process, things got pretty cloudy with Notre Dame. It involved some things with the former staff. The last offensive coordinator who took a head coaching job somewhere else wasn't 100 percent sold on me. But, once Coach Denbrock became the offensive coordinator, the staff made me their No. 1 priority at wide receiver."

"Notre Dame had dropped off because of that, but since I started hearing more from them and talked to Coach Elliott, the relationship is definitely rekindled," Kirk said.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound prospect had over 800 receiving yards last season and caught more than 10 touchdown passes.

"I'm versatile," Kirk said. "I can line up in the slot and go against linebackers or line up outside and beat defensive backs down the edges. Teams can utilize me how they want."

This spring, Kirk took visits to Ohio State, UCLA and USC, but he has not current standouts.

"I will come out with a top ten probably by summer and then a top five by the end of summer," Kirk said. "I may take an east coast trip this summer, and visiting Notre Dame is a possibility."

"If I don't make it to Notre Dame this summer, but things are still going well with them heading into the season, they could get an official visit."

Kirk said Notre Dame's academic reputation can't be ignored.

"Academics are the No. 1 thing about Notre Dame," Kirk said. "Academics are really important to my parents, and me, so if you get a degree from Notre Dame and football doesn't work out, you're pretty much set."

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