Christian Kirk Recaps Ohio State Visit

By Jeremy Birmingham on March 2, 2014 at 5:00a

Christian Kirk, the nation's second-ranked wide receiver, visited Ohio State this weekend and the Buckeyes have made themselves a legitimate player for the Arizona star. A 5-foot-10, 195-pound dynamo, Kirk says the visit to Columbus exceeded his lofty expectations.

"I had high expectations coming in, but Ohio State exceeded them by a lot," Kirk said about his initial visit to Columbus. "The first day was filled with seeing just the main football facility and practice fields, stuff like that in the morning. The rest of the day was a series of academic meetings, and then we met with Archie Griffin which was an experience I'll never forget. The (second day) was more about football stuff, like seeing the weight room, the stadium, and sitting down watching film."

Kirk, who plans to enroll at his college of choice in January, spent much of his free time with two Buckeye freshmen who've recently done the same, linebacker Raekwon McMillan and wide receiver Johnnie Dixon. Kirk and Dixon became close last summer when they met at Nike's The Opening. Not coincidentally, McMillan and Dixon each from "warmer weather" states like Kirk. 

Christian Kirk would fit Ohio State's offense perfectly.
Ohio State made a big impression on Christian Kirk

"I spent most of my free time with Raekwon and Johnnie," he said of his time with the current team. "(The weather) was perfectly fine the whole time, people hyped (the cold) up way too much." 

Kirk's ability to handle the cold notwithstanding, the purpose of this trip for his parents was to make sure that Ohio State was capable of delivering their son a top-notch education, not just a shot at the NFL. Kirk has a dream of working in the media when his football career is over, and Ohio State's reputation for putting guys in the broadcast booth is almost as impressive as their history of putting guys on the field.

"They showed me the guys that are in the broadcasting industry, like Kirk Herbstreit who is very successful. That's what I want to do," he said of life after football. "The thing that was most impressive to me is the "Buckeye family," they have the largest alumni in the nation so if you graduate from here there shouldn't be any reason why you don't succeed after football because there's opportunities everywhere."

Overall, it's hard to say the trip was anything but a complete success for Kirk and for the Buckeyes. He plans on making another trip to Ohio State for an official visit, but with the trip still fresh in his mind, it's too early to make any declarations about "leaders" for his signature.

"I would say the best part was (just) sitting down with coach Meyer," Kirk said of the Buckeyes' head coach. "He's a really cool and funny guy, but he's also full of intensity, and I like that. He's the kind of coach I want to be around because all he could preach was bringing out the best in me and that's what I want, and his focus is on wide receivers. (Meyer and his coaching staffs) have 9 guys that are currently starting in the NFL, guys that have gone through his program. That's a lot."

Kirk was scheduled to visit Oregon next weekend but will have to reschedule, instead he'll head home to Arizona and rest. As for his trip to Columbus: mission accomplished.

"I came here wanting to feel comfortable with this place," Kirk added. "I got just that."


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Buckeye419er's picture

That highlight reel is ridiculous. WE. NEED. KIRK. 

There can be only one

BassDropper's picture

Sounds like this could come down to Texas A&M and THE


TMac's picture

Great job Birm!  Looks like he would be a great addition for the Buckeyes if he chooses correctly. 

ONE Not Done!

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gwalther's picture

Hope we get this guy. Any word on Spock or McCoy?

I'm assuming Picard, Data, LaForge, et al., will be targeted in future classes. 

Class of 2008

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TUNBUCK89's picture

You keep the weapons coming & sooner rather than later you''ll hit the homerun kid that will be a game changer.

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WesPatterson23's picture

I really feel like Dontre Wilson can be that homerun kid if he can add some weight, and be able to block and not just run to the outside.

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TUNBUCK89's picture

More over, the better the talent he'll be competing against will help raise the game of everybody.

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SilverState's picture

Not sure there's a better fit, between how Meyer uses his athletes and this: 

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teddyballgame's picture

Clark Kellogg is another buckeye in the media who I highly respect.  He's just great at what he does...

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Let's not forget Jimmy Jackson either!

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AirAssaultBuckeye's picture

Scoonie is doing a fantastic job on BTN too!!!

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ab1993's picture

I really like our chances with this guy. I think they just skyrocketed from this visit too.

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TCOB_6's picture

Boy he made it easy to make a highlight film. I think 4 touches on the whole film fell short of the end zone. Very impressive. I hope Coach Meyer has him hook, line, and sinker. Would be a great addition to our receiving corps.

Vach7's picture

I love the way this kid plays and love to see mature kids like this that are focused on life after football as well.  I can't think of a better school for someone that wants to get into broadcasting after school.  Another brilliant recruiting tool utilized by Urb!  Also, I know that he is being recruited as a WR, but this kid is absolutely electric with the ball in his hands, and I could see a year of bulking up with Mr. Mariotti and him making a transition to more of a RB role.  With his shiftiness and elusiveness in the open field he reminds me a bit of Shady McCoy.


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FitzBuck's picture

Not sure why he would want to go anywhere else based on his long term goals.  This really is a perfect fit.  

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zenshade's picture

If he doesn't come here (I know, I know, "SHUT YO MOUTH!"), I would love to see him stay home and help put RichRod's Arizona offense on the next pedestal up, if only to give Meatchicken fans a season long heartburn while they're watching Derrick Green plow into the backs of all their 5 star linemen for 3.8 yards per carry.

(I kid, I kid, Michigan fans - I'm more in favor of it actually meaning something to win THE GAME.)

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

I'll echo what others have ... tOSU is Wide Receiver U and is an NFL and sports broadcaster "factory".  Buckeye Nation is the largest fanbase in the world, Columbus is one of the nicest white collar cities in the midwest ... the bucks have the best facilities and coaching in CFB ... would seem like a great fit for CK and a win-win for everyone.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

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MikeEagleBuckeye's picture

Didn't think we were ever truly in the running before the visit but now I feel like we're right in the mix!

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MikeEagleBuckeye's picture

I also love how evident it is in his highlight video that he has great vision and patience and doesn't just relay on pure speed even though he's quite a burner!

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

I agree - in addition, he has deceptive strength and a nose for the End Zone. He looks like the kind of player who, if his team were up 4 TDs in the 4th Q, he'd turn a little garbage time jet sweep into a 65 yd TD and then say, "sorry, coach, I couldn't help myself." Killer instinct. 

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cinserious's picture

Captain Kirk wouldn't have to apologize to Urban for sticking the dagger in .

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Buck Commander's picture

This kid is awesome but I many more touchdowns on the season would he of had if not for the block in the back calls on a lot of those run backs.this kid is off the chart and he would be a perfect fit with THEE OHIO STATE BUCKEYES!

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Jbucks's picture

with all the burner type recievers we have now includibg this past years WR haul I could see Kirk as the only burner this year... we got in good position with him now its time to move on to bigger WR's like George Campbell... anyone know if were considered by Campbell at all?

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zenshade's picture

This is a kid I don't have a problem with people comparing to Percy Harvin.

I've said this before, but I think he has a chance to be on a level that retires "The Percy Harvin Role".  

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

As does Samuel and Dontre.

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Jbucks's picture

Speed Kills! UFM might need to use a few unique formation packs to ultilize all of this speed, like the diamond package, xBrax lined up with EzE, Curtis Samuel, Dontre Wilson with Dixon on the the outside the Defense could be confused as to whick bolt of lightning to try & catch

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OSU_1992_UFM's picture

Pick your poison B1G Ten teams....its going to be a lot of fun to watch fellas

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laishley15's picture

Seems like the staff hit a home run with his visit.  Sounds like coach Meyer and coach Smith have positioned themselves well to be one of Kirk's finalists for sure.  

Buckabroad's picture

Kirk strikes me as a mature kid who goes about his recruitment in a professional manner. The obvious advantages Ohio State has will not be missed. Really like our chances here.

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ATLBuckeye09's picture

With his speed, footwork and lateral movement I can see why Urbz and company want this kid. He is the real deal. Great news about how impressed he with tOSU!

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Ericgobucks's picture

If we don't land this kid, we will be a player until the very end. That being said, I feel good about getting him. His compliments about Ohio State are more than just obligatory chatter. I don't watch much high school tape on any recruits, but his tape is just ridiculous. He reminds me of a player Oregon would want and normally get, but Chipper being in the NFL could really help us with this kid. 

Ohio State Ombre's picture

i really like how physical he is in his film. for a guy sub 6ft, i really was not expecting him to have such a good stiff arm and willingness to initiate contact

KBonay's picture

Gibson to Kirk has a very nice ring to it....

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SilverState's picture

I think Gibson took note: 

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m5987usus's picture

Maybe Torrance Gibson is doing some recruiting for the good guys :)


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PittBuckeye's picture

If he wants to go into broadcasting, and play football is there a better school than Ohio State? Come on down.

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niblick's picture

Shoulda added jimmy jackson and clark kellog to the media list

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teddyballgame's picture

I don't see Kirk in that picture.  Stephen Collier is there though.

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BuckeyeinToledo's picture

Wow, he looks like a cat playing with a mouse in that film!! Get 'em UFM!!

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-Woody Hayes

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Is it weird that I read the headline and thought this was about Kirk Herbstreit? Because that's also an intriguing question

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Silver Bullet 10's picture

Love our chances here.

2002osubuck's picture

I didn't know how good of chance we had with actually getting him, but after this visit and his comments, I think he might be a real possibility. I really like the fact he wants to go into broadcasting when he's done with football because we obviously have a good track record in that area. 

MN Buckeye's picture

I know he meant that we have the largest alumni base in the nation, but I some may get the impression that we have the largest alumni from the dudes that always get tv face time in the fall:

The thing that was most impressive to me is the "Buckeye family," they have the largest alumni in the nation

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

Does Kirk play against legit competition? Or does he play against 7th graders!?
Im not often super impressed by highlight tapes but this kid has JUICE!

SilverState's picture

Per TOS:

"I'm not going to narrow down my list until after spring ball, but even then I won't come out with any top schools," Kirk continued. "Ohio State will make the cut though."

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He seems to have that second gear when he turns the corner, but he almost reminds me of Hines Ward in his build... not a very long looking body, but certainly athletic.  I'd like to see how he measures up at the camps against some of the top DB recruits on one-on-ones.

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I can't even imagine what must go through these kid's mind when they first set foot on campus and tour the facilities, the stadium, etc.  Wow - it has to be quite the rush of excitement!  Then to walk in that office and see Urban... powerful!

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Jbucks's picture

hey Birm any word.on the other recruit that was set to visit with Kirk?

Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it-John 1:5 SEC meet Ohio State, Ohio State meet SEC

buckskin's picture

Smart move pairing him up with a couple southerners who had recently made high profile decisions to leave warm weather. Interesting to hear a recruit talk about others "hyping" the cold. Glad to hear all went well.

Jeremypreemo81's picture


Acceleration - impressive

Catches with hands and not body - impressive

Stop&Start ability - impressive

Cutting ability and reading blocks- impressive

Hope he ends up with the good guys

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Said all the right things. Reminds me of McMillan's visits and interviews from last year.

SilverState's picture
Nice video interview I don't believe has been posted before.
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