Four-Star Wide Receiver Christian Kirk Narrows List to Six

By Jeremy Birmingham on August 6, 2014 at 2:10p
34 Comments

It was not too long ago that Christian Kirk, Scottsdale, Arizona's 2015 standout wide receiver, narrowed his list of schools from upwards of 40, to ten. Since then, Kirk has returned to a number of his favorite schools for repeat visits, including Ohio State and Texas A&M, and took place in Nike's The Opening for the second straight summer. In Beaverton, Kirk was once again at the top of the list talent-wise and was the favorite target of nearly every quarterback in attendance. 

A handful of those quarterbacks, including Sam DarnoldKyler Murray, Josh Rosen, Ricky Town, and Brady White, now find themselves competing directly for Kirk as representatives of his final six schools. 

According to Kirk, his final six schools are:

  • Arizona State (Brady White)
  • Auburn
  • Ohio State
  • Texas A&M (Murray)
  • UCLA (Rosen)
  • USC (Town, Darnald)

Kirk's last visit to Ohio State, in mid-June, was a major success although recent indications are that the Buckeyes feel confident about landing him than they once did. Kirk, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound athlete capable of dominating a game from the slot, the backfield or on special teams in the return game, says that the Buckeyes will be one of his official visits.

An early-enrollee at whatever school he chooses, Kirk has been at the top of Ohio State's wish list for a while now and they've still got the chance to impress him. Georgia, Oklahoma, Stanford and Tennessee all fell off the final ten schools and appear to be "out" for his services.

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Tater_Schroeder's picture

Time to bring in the closer! Let's go get him!

How Firm Thy Friendship

+5 HS
RedsBuckeyeBoy's picture

Pick Ohio State! They're my favorite team!

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TheNorthernBuckeye's picture

This is the one kid I want (outside of Sweat) more than anyone. 247 has A&M as heavy favorites but IMO we are hugely under estimated to land him. I like our chances! 

"You're an angry football team, and I'm proud to be your coach." - UFM

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whiskeyjuice's picture

I too am high on this kid, another game changer.

"You'll find out that nothing that comes easy is worth a dime. As a matter of fact, I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face." -- Wayne Woodrow Hayes

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dubjayfootball90's picture

Trust in Urban. Get it done!

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

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TobyMagic's picture

Great to hear we'll be one of his officials! Really need UFM to close on this kid. He'd be a huge recruiting win, type of kid that makes a QB look great..

sharks's picture

Land Grant mentioned earlier that he and Torrence Gibson are friends- is that true, and if so, could they be a pkg deal?

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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

No, Gibson's decision and Kirk's decision are not in anyway related. If they both end up at OSU, it will be as a result of them each deciding it's in their best interest. They're friendly, not "friends" necessarily.

2002osubuck's picture

I think this season will go along way showing how well we use our talent. Dixon and Mcmillan should make a pretty good impact and help persuade some of the elite recruits to play for us.

fear_the_nut70's picture

This is a good point.  Urban has said so far that he will play the best players, but instead, has continued Buckeye tradition of not really playing underclassman.  True, some will need time to learn, but atter seeing Vonn Bell in the Clemson game, sitting him looked like a huge mistake.  For players as talented as Kirk, seeing frosh play right out of the gate might make a difference.  Hopefully UFM makes this adjustment going forward.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Do It. 

Buckeyes. 

Do It. 

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whiskeyjuice's picture

"You'll find out that nothing that comes easy is worth a dime. As a matter of fact, I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face." -- Wayne Woodrow Hayes

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40eastbuckeye's picture

Is that more or less confident

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kgratz's picture

This doesn't look good...

According to Kirk, his final six schools are:

Arizona State (Brady White)
Auburn
Ohio State
Texas A&M (Murray)
UCLA (Rosen)
USC (Town, Darnald)

This however....

According to Kirk, his final six schools are:

Arizona State (Brady White)
Auburn
Ohio State (Gibson)
Texas A&M (Murray)
UCLA (Rosen)
USC (Town, Darnald)

Gibson might not be everybody's favorite but he is going to be a huge help to this class if we can get him.

How Firm Thy Friendship

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SilverState's picture

Really wish Gibson was announcing his commitment sooner. Has Kirk set his official visit date? Would be sweet to have him for the V. Tech game with Gibson.

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kgratz's picture

I believe he has not announced exactly which game.. VT would be perfect storm.

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BAR43's picture

Nothing against Gibson, but as a WR prospect I am not sure I would hitch my wagon to his. As a WR you are show cased by your QBs ability to get you the ball. A run first QB doesn't exactly compliment WR very well. the biggest thing that worries me about Gibson is his lack of throwing mechanics. Ability and athleticism is great, but being a QB and lacking mechanics is huge.. worked fairly well for Pryor, but still it caught up to him in the NFL.

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kgratz's picture

Stars want to play with stars.  That's all I'm saying.  Just because he can't throw now doesn't mean he can't learn.  Especially with a year or two behind JT

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osu07asu10's picture

This doesn't look good...

According to Kirk, his final six schools are:

Arizona State (Brady White)
Auburn
Ohio State
Texas A&M (Murray)
UCLA (Rosen)
USC (Town, Darnald)

This however....

According to Kirk, his final six schools are:

Arizona State (Brady White)
Auburn
Ohio State (Gibson)
Texas A&M (Murray)
UCLA (Rosen)
USC (Town, Darnald)

I prefer:...

According to Kirk, his final six schools are:

Arizona State (Brady White)
Auburn
Ohio State (Burrow, Gibson)
Texas A&M (Murray)
UCLA (Rosen)
USC (Town, Darnald)

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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Grayskullsession's picture

Maybe I should tweet him 10 times a day about how awesome it would be for him to commit to Ohio State. I think I will work my awesome Photoshop skills too:

"if irony were made of strawberries, we' d all be drinking a lot of smoothies right now."

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Squirrel Master's picture

I'm serious, they should just change that name to Benny Hill Stadium!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

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jedkat's picture

Are any of our QB's trying to build a relationship with Kirk? It seems that's a major factor at many of the other schools, but I haven't heard anything about our quarterbacks reaching out.

“The teams that don’t respect their coaches and don’t trust their coaches are the teams that go .500"
~Zach Boren

Squirrel Master's picture

The only QB that has been meeting with prospects, and was hanging with TG at FNL, is Braxton Miller. The guy who is leaving before any of the recruits come in. I guess its because he is the guy they want to meet because he is a star but it would be nice to know that Burrow and Collier are talking to recruits like Kirk.

but I do believe it would take a Gibson to rival other QBs Kirk is talking to, not that I think it will matter because OSU is still the best location for him.

I really feel that TAMU is going to nose dive this year. They have a ton of talent but even with Manziel, their best season was a two loss season. Not exactly Natty material if you ask me.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

James Mee's picture

I find it interesting he narrowed it to 6 with only being able to take 5 official visits. Does this mean he'll just take an unofficial to one school? (Presumably ASU since its closest). Just a thought, but I think we're in good position and I'd love to land this guy. 

CincyBuckeye31's picture

I have wanted Kirk to be a Buckeye for a LONG time.  One of the best highlight tapes I've seen.  Hopefully he chooses the good guys in the end.

AlwayzABuckeye614's picture

If Kirk is worried about which QB's are where, then he needs to take a look out our QB's on the roster next year and 2017. Collier is there, and Burrow is a pretty darn good QB. Not to mention 2017 Danny Clark. If his decision is based on quality of QB's then we are certainly in the conversation. 

HeuermanTheFireman's picture

He is a 5 star. I don't care what anyone says. I want him in the worst way,

The person responsible for toes clearly wanted you to stub them.

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whiskeyjuice's picture

Send the closer and remember............ 

"You'll find out that nothing that comes easy is worth a dime. As a matter of fact, I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face." -- Wayne Woodrow Hayes

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aboynamedtracy's picture

Someone should let Kirk know that if he commits, superfan IRISHFURY would most certainly be very ummm... appreciative.

Sorry, not ready to let that one go just yet.

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Brutus1972's picture

I think he is a long shot but he is at the top of my list of wants along with some monster OT's. I still have no idea how this guy is not a 5 star. He is a freak athlete and will make an impact as a freshman no matter where he goes to school.

nburns18's picture

I really want Kirk but i just dont see it happening. Wouldnt be surprised if he stayed home and went to ASU. 

"You win with people." -Woody Hayes

CuseGirl's picture

To me its clear that this class won't land another athlete of Hilliard/Cornell caliber until they get a QB (2015 or 2016) on board. It's just how recruiting is working now. You have to snag these QBs early and everything else will follow.

I'm wondering about this Malik Henry guy, he's released an early top 5 and all but Ohio State have offered him. Why are they not hooked into him?

And you know THIS....man!

TURD_BUCKET's picture

Getting a top flight receiver would be nice.  I never worry about having 'too many' players at any given position and the impact it might have on future recruits ( except QB ). Look at Alabama, they have a lot of great players and continue to get great players. The best players will play, and the others will wait their turn. The Buckeyes need players who are not afraid of competition.

“Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.”

jamesrbrown322's picture

Saw Birm's CB switch to A&M. let's hope he's wrong for once, but not looking good if they don't get him in Columbus ASAP...

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes