Coveted wide receiver recruit Christian Kirk has spent much of his high school career collecting scholarship offers from across the country. The 4-star prospect decided to pare down a long list of options Tuesday.
Kirk shared his top 10 schools on Twitter:
The 5'11", 195-pound playmaker kept plenty of programs in the mix, including several squads he recently spent time with in person. Kirk embarked on an SEC tour in late May, visiting Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee and Georgia.
The Crimson Tide are the only team to miss the cut from that cluster of campus trips.
Kirk, who stars at Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, kept another SEC team in the picture. He listed Texas A&M among his favorites, which isn't a surprise, considering his relationship with Aggies true freshman Kyle Allen.
The 5-star quarterback is competing to start this season and spent significant time working with Kirk in past years as a fellow Arizona phenom. The receiver didn't shy away from admitting the allure of playing with Allen at the next level while discussing Texas A&M last year with Taylor Hamm of 247Sports (subscription required).
It’s good to have a quarterback that you know and have chemistry with. Me and Kyle workout a lot and I’m always out running routes for him when he’s training. We have that timing and stuff down already. I think if I were to come in while he’s there, I’d be able to make an impact because of our relationship.
The Aggies are projected to sign Kirk in 82 percent of expert predictions in 247Sports' Crystal Ball. Ohio State and Oregon, following with seven percent apiece, received mixed news.
The Buckeyes made the cut, while Oregon is left on the outside looking in.
Several Pac-12 programs are still under consideration. USC, UCLA, Stanford and Arizona State give the conference plenty of clout in Kirk's collection.
Oklahoma is the lone Big 12 team listed. The Sooners offered Kirk last November.
Kirk, rated No. 5 nationally among receivers in 247Sports' composite rankings, has caught 142 passes for 2,775 yards and 35 touchdowns during the past three seasons. He flashed impressive rushing skills last year, gaining 832 yards and 13 scores on the ground.
Florida State, Notre Dame, Miami and Texas are notable exclusions among nearly 30 teams left off of his top 10 list.
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