No. 3 WR Christian Kirk Announces Plans to Visit Multiple SEC Powerhouses

Tyler DonohueNational Recruiting AnalystMay 8, 2014

Credit: 247Sports

The whirlwind recruitment of wide receiver Christian Kirk is about to hit the road.

He shared his plans to tour several campuses in SEC country during the final week of May with a Wednesday announcement on Twitter:

Kirk, rated No. 3 nationally among 2015 receivers in 247Sports' composite rankings, will celebrate the arrival of summer break by packing in four visits. The Arizona standout is set to spend time at Georgia, Auburn, Alabama and Tennessee as his recruiting process approaches a pivotal stretch.

The 4-star prospect garnered scholarship offers midway through his sophomore year, and they've continued to arrive at a steady pace. He now has more than 30 collegiate options to consider.

Kirk earned First-Team All-State honors after a dominant junior campaign. The 5'11", 197-pound playmaker provides a multidimensional presence in the offensive attack at Saguaro High School (Scottsdale).

He caught 65 passes for 1,183 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2013. Kirk also contributed mightily as rusher, gaining 832 yards and 13 scores on the ground.

He is the consensus No. 1 player in Arizona.

Kirk visited Oregon, Ohio State, USC and UCLA earlier this year. Now he'll have an opportunity to explore his options in the SEC.

Tennessee, a team that already holds a commitment from elite Georgia receiver Preston Williams, offered Kirk last April. The Volunteers have caught fire on the recruiting trail under second-year head coach Butch Jones, and a pledge from another top pass target could help convince top-ranked dual-threat quarterback Torrance Gibson to join the class.

Alabama landed 4-star receivers Daylon Charlot and Calvin Ridley in recent months. Kirk already has an established rapport with new Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin.

"The coaches love me and said they need me in their offense," he told reporter Matt Scalici after receiving an Alabama offer in February. "I talked to Lane Kiffin and he said him and coach (Nick) Saban sat down and watched my film. Coach Saban told him to go get me because he loves how I play."

Georgia picked up a pledge from in-state receiver Christian Owens in April. The Bulldogs would love to complement the rangy 6'5" target with the smaller, shiftier Kirk.

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn has already built an impressive offensive class, but the majority of incoming talent is along the front line and in the backfield. Kirk is precisely the kind of playmaker the Tigers look to find in space on quick-hit pass plays.

Fellow conference members like Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Arkansas appear to be on the outside looking in as Kirk formulates his travel plans in the Southeast.

He is projected to sign with Texas A&M by 85 percent of expert predictions in 247Sports' Crystal Ball.


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