Kirk ready for Ohio State trip

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro athlete Christian Kirk has already had a busy Winter and things likely won't be slowing down much headed into the Spring.

Saguaro athlete Christian Kirk is one of the top athletes in the West region, and it's easy to see why.

During his junior campaign, he rushed for 825 yards and 13 touchdowns and added 1164 yards and 17 touchdown receptions as a wide receiver.

While he displays quick feet, great field vision and breakaway in the backfield in his highlights, as a receiver and punt/kick returner he's dangerously elusive, which is one of the reasons he had over 2,300 all purpose yards last season.

Those attributes were more than enough for Oregon to join the fray in trying to recruit Kirk. Wide receivers coach Matt Lubick extended an offer to the 5-foot-10, 185-pound athlete earlier this year and while the two haven't had much contact, Kirk was flattered by the offer.

"We stay in contact pretty much every couple of weeks on Facebook," Kirk said. "I haven't gotten on the phone with him yet, but that's about all."

According to Kirk, the Ducks see him as someone that can make a big impact on offense with his versatile skill set.

"They're losing most of their speed guys such as De'Anthony (Thomas) and Josh Huff and guys like that," Kirk said. "They're really looking for guys that come in and play that role, a game changer type of guy to do punt and kick returns and make a difference in the game."

As of right now, Kirk is still getting to know the program. He was scheduled for a visit next weekend, but a conflict with his mother's job caused him to delay the trip to a later date.

"If one (parent) can't make it, pretty much the whole trip will be cancelled," Kirk said. "I'm definitely trying to make plans to get back out there."

However, Oregon will have to contend with a host of competitors to land Kirk. The last couple of weeks have been busy for him, having returned from unofficial visits to USC and UCLA and picking up offers from Penn State, Alabama, Georgia and, earlier Tuesday, Vanderbilt. The recent offers have been a sort of validation for Kirk that he's developed into the player he set out to be a year ago.

"It's definitely a blessing," Kirk said. "Last year I really set out to be a national recruit and be a top guy that everybody looks at. Through a lot of hard work it paid off. A lot of schools, especially SEC schools and all the schools that are on the other side of the country don't really recruit out here., so being an Arizona kid and getting recognition is definitely awesome."

As of right now, Kirk thinks he'll see some of the SEC and East Coast schools in the summer. This weekend, he will take a trip to Ohio State.

"I've heard it's a great place," Kirk said. "Tons of tradition — they've got a lot of Heisman winners, a lot of national championships. I'm just going down there to check out the campus and I'm pretty sure I'm going to have a good time down there."

Kirk knows he'll have a decision made by December or early January, at the latest. As far as what factors will play into his decision, Kirk wants to find a school that'll give a shot at making an early impact and runs a more balanced system.

"Obviously, every wide receiver wants to play in a spread system," Kirk said. "But, there's teams now that are running pro style in just a faster way is appealing too because those are the offenses that the NFL teams are running nowadays."

Kirk will be participating at the Nike NFTC in Los Angeles on March 9.

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