In recruiting dynamics, players are becoming more and more inclined to post lists of top potential schools on social media to keep coaches, fans and fellow teammates on high alert. The No. 1 prospect in the state of Arizona, according to 247sports.com, could be leaving home as 2015 five-star wide receiver Christian Kirk announced his top six schools to land his future services.
Currently attending Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Arizona Kirk stands 5-foot-10, 191 pounds on the gridiron and lists USC in his top six schools alongside Arizona State, Auburn, Ohio State, Texas A&M and crosstown rival UCLA.
Kirk took an unofficial visit on February 14th and recruiting guru Tee Martin has remained in hot pursuit of the talented pass catcher meeting with him back on May 12th to discuss his possible future in Cardinal and Gold.
Very blessed to be in this position! Top 6 no order! pic.twitter.com/qEVjknygFX— Christian Kirk (@ChristianDavon2) August 6, 2014
The Under Armour All-American rushed for 825 yards and 13 TDs last season while snatching 65 passes for 1164 yards including 17 receiving touchdowns. Kirk has been a 1000-plus yard pass catcher each of the past two seasons and even recorded 50 tackles and two interceptions on the defensive side of the ball in 2013.
Kirk also announced that he will make his commitment official to one of these institutions in December, following his senior season. USC's recruiting class now entails 24 players after officially signing left-footed kicker Matt Boermeester from Saddleback College as a "blue shirt" commit for the upcoming 2015 class.
Besides the 14 players already unofficially committed, the Trojans now have 10 offers remaining in the 2015 class. All of this can obviously change before National Signing Day, but USC would love to add Kirk to an already talented recruiting class in coach Steve Sarkisian's first year of sanction-free recruiting.
SB Nation Scouting by Derrell Warren, West Coast Recruiting Analyst (@yssd):
Kirk lines up in various spots over the offensive formation for his high school team. This includes lining up as an outside receiver and in the slot, as well as getting snaps from the backfield as well. He has the overall skill set to be used in the same multi-faceted fashion at the college level as well, depending on which program winds up gaining his services.
Most likely, Kirk will get snaps primarily as a wide receiver and as a returner to begin his college career.
On tape, Kirk has exceptional straight line speed and displays the ability to score from anywhere on the field. However, unlike most burners, Kirk compliments his long speed with good open field elusiveness. He shows good stop/start agility, weaving through tacklers in the space. He smoothly transitions in and out of cuts and generates tremendous lateral burst, allowing him to gain an initial step when trying to outrun the pursuit angles of defenders.
From a route running perspective, Kirk is still a work in progress. He's a speed-cut guy who gets off the line quickly when coming out of his stem. That said, he needs to become a more disciplined route runner who can sink his hips and break down his frame as he goes into his breaks. He relies primarily on athletic gifts to get open.