BEAVERTON, Ore. – Christian Kirk was one of the last players to receive an invitation to The Opening this week here at Nike Headquarters.
“The invite came late because somebody had to step out,” the 2015 Arizona athlete said.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound receiver just received his invitation to Oregon a week ago and is one of only five upcoming juniors to be participating.
“It is an honor,” said Kirk. “Once the opportunity came, I was really blessed. I’m just happy to come out here and compete.”
Kirk spent the first few months of 2013 grabbing offers of a different kind as he landed several scholarship offers from schools like Notre Dame, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Florida State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Michigan State, Tennessee and Texas A&M among others.
Kirk doesn’t have any leaders at this point.
“I’m pretty much open to whatever schools come into the race,” he said.
Still, the Irish offer definitely made an impact.
“They’d been recruiting for me for a while,” Kirk said of the Irish. “They came by my freshman year. Coach (Bob) Elliott the cornerbacks came by my freshman year and said over the next year they’d go in depth and start recruiting me.
“Sophomore year, they came back in the spring. Coach (Chuck) Martin came out and watched me practice and was really impressed. The next week after that, they called in the morning and said they wanted to offer.”
He called the offer from Notre Dame “big-time.”
“Just because of the success they’ve had, the school itself, everything I’ve heard about it, especially the academics, the culture and the people who are around it makes it a great program,” said Kirk. “All of the history and fan support they have make it a big-time offer.”
Kirk has been trying to arrange a visit to South Bend and hopes to be able to make it happen soon.
“I’ve had plans for a while to get to the Midwest,” he said. “I’ve just been real busy with camps like these and my family is all over the place traveling too. Whenever I get a chance to take a visit, that’s one of the places I’ll be going.”
He’d also like to make stops at Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State. He’s already made unofficial visits to Arizona State and UCLA. It’s still very early, but comfort will be a major factor when Kirk does start narrowing things down.
“That’s the number one thing, finding somewhere I can feel like home and am accepted. The coaches, feeling comfortable with the coaches and academics too. Also, where my family feels that I’m comfortable.”