Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Predictions for 5-Star WR Christian Kirk
Christian Kirk is a 5-star receiver who is among the best and most exciting offensive players in the 2015 class. Kirk has a dynamic skill set, which is why he has a ton of offers.
Although he doesn't have prototypical size for his position, Kirk is still feared by a lot of cornerbacks. College coaches are drooling over him, and he will have a tough decision to make when pressed to settle on one school.
Kirk's exciting play and interesting recruitment deserve a more in-depth look.
Who Is Christian Kirk?
From Arizona, Kirk attends Saguaro High School in Scottsdale. As a sophomore, Kirk had 1,003 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.
He followed that up with a junior campaign that saw him catch 65 passes for 1,164 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also rushed for 825 yards and 13 touchdowns, according to MaxPreps. Kirk was a rare underclassman invited to participate in The Opening last summer.
Texas A&M leads schools such as USC, Oregon, UCLA and Ohio State, among others, says 247Sports.
Christian Kirk's Scouting Report: Strengths
At 5'11" and 197 pounds, Kirk is built more like a running back than a receiver. He has a thick frame, and his strength is deceptive.
The 5-star Arizona native is an explosive athlete who has a ton of suddenness. Kirk can work on the perimeter or in the slot, as he shoots off the line quickly to launch into his routes. He can wiggle around jams at the line, and he skates out of his cuts to separate from defenders.
He had solid hands and ball skills, but his best attribute is his run-after-catch ability. Kirk is awfully elusive and quick with the ball in his hands, as he routinely shows off an ability to cut at full speed and dodge defenders.
He has the vision of a running back with the ball, which is why it won't be surprising to see him in the offensive backfield in college. Kirk can slash through creases to hustle to the second level, and he has the tight-space quickness to elude defenders in alleys.
Finally, Kirk is a fantastic return man. He has the quickness and confidence to effectively return punts, while he displays the strength and long speed to bring kickoffs back.
Kirk is an absolute clone of Seattle Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin.
Christian Kirk's Scouting Report: Weaknesses
If a coach is looking for a 6'3", 220-pound big receiver, then Kirk is not his man. His size isn't an issue at all, but coaches who prefer long-framed pass-catchers may not have as high of a grade on him as others.
Kirk has the potential to be a great route-runner due to his quickness, agility and speed. However, he needs to polish this area of his game and refine it.
He also will need to get better at reading defenses and adjusting to coverages before and after the snap. Improving his hand placement and approach as a blocker is another area of Kirk's game he can work on.
Highlights of Christian Kirk's Junior Season
Some of the plays Christian Kirk makes on this highlight tape are special. His ability to make plays with the ball in his hands is on full display throughout this clip.
Highlights of Christian Kirk's Sophomore Season
Here's a look at Kirk during his sophomore season at Saguaro High School in Arizona. He's shown making plays as a receiver and returning kicks.
At this point, it's felt that USC and Texas A&M will be the two main suitors for Kirk's services. He will ultimately sign with the Aggies, as he is a close friend of 2014 5-star quarterback and Texas A&M signee Kyle Allen, according to Neal Nieves of Bruin247.
Kirk is not going to redshirt, as he'll form a terrorizing tandem with 2014 5-star receiver Speedy Noil in College Station. He'll have an All-SEC year or two before reaching the NFL.
Rob Cassidy of Rivals.com (subscription required) said on Feb. 14, "Kirk plans to graduate high school a semester early in an effort to join the program of his choice in time for 2015 spring workouts."
All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports.