Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro four-star wide receiver Christian Kirk is one of the hottest prospects on the West Coast and he showed why with his impressive performance at The Opening.
"It's been awesome," Kirk said. "It's funny, us guys that came here last year are kind of like 'shoot, it felt like we were just here a couple months ago.' It came by fast. Definitely a lot more confidence coming into this year, a lot more comfortable with my surroundings. It's awesome so far."
Kirk knows that attending events like The Opening help his game by competing against the best.
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"Just to get a relationship with these guys is great," he said. "Everybody is from a different place, but the kids who can come together and be real cool. We're all from different states and we all kind of bond together so it's real good."
Well known in Pac-12 country, Kirk does want to prove himself on a national stage.
"I just want to prove that I'm a wide receiver, I'm not a slot guy," he said. "Everybody wants to dock me off because of my height and stuff like that, but I can do everything every one of these guys can do from 6-foot-5 to 6-foot. I can do all of that. I can stretch the field. That's one thing I want to prove."
When Kirk attended the LA NIKE Camp, his shoulders were so developed that he looked like he belonged with the running backs, not the receivers.
"It is kind of a big challenge," he said. "That's one thing too. Going to LA, I bulked up real big. I lifted weights for two weeks and all of a sudden five pounds comes on. It's kind of a struggle for me, but I lost some weight, got a little bit more fluid. Offensive coordinators, when they think of me, they don't think of running back. All these analyst guys tell me I'm a running back or slot or whatever, but when I hear from schools and stuff like that it's definitely better."
Some guys stood out to Kirk at The Opening.
"Quarterback wise, Brady White looked good, Kyler Murray, I took most of my reps with him. Obviously Iman. Iman Marshall is tearing it up. He's my roommate this week. Just guys like that."
USC commits Chuma Edoga and Ricky Town have been on Kirk, trying to get him to commit to be a Trojan.
"Yeah, definitely. USC is at the top there too with me," he said. "It's in California, close to home. Their idea for me is awesome. It's what I want to do. I have a real good relationship with coach Helton and coach Tee Martin and guys like that. So, yeah, they're right there in it."
The recent policy change offering four-year scholarships was interesting for Kirk.
"it's kind of a benefit from what I see. That's the biggest thing, you have to get your degree, because you never know what's going to happen. Just like Tony Dungy was just saying, you never know what could happen. An injury or developing something, so I think it's a good thing.
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