On the football field he is a jitterbug perfume, skinny legs and all, a never-still life pecking his way to football greatness. Tacklers look half-asleep in frog pajamas trying to grab him with clumsy giant thumbs, standing there like alligator-boy museums beside the side of the road while he scoots for the end zone, a wild duck flying backward among invalids from hot climates.
Christian Kirk can turn a football game into a Keystone Cops chase. He's a battleground state in football politics, the kind of scintillating talent that makes football coaches look like geniuses and makes young women swoon.
He has moves like the Matrix, stop/starts that are almost invisible in real time. By the end of his junior year he had over two dozen offers, a five-star list that includes Texas A&M, Ohio State, USC, Florida State, Texas and the Ducks. In the spring and summer he'll conduct an airline tour of unofficial visits to trim the list, USC on Valentine weekend, the Buckeyes February 27th, Oregon March 8th. Pretty girls will rub his forearm meaningfully, and coaches will offer to rename first-born sons.
Last summer he went to The Opening, one of four juniors among a gathering of the best senior talent in the nation. At 5-10, 185 the Saguaro High, Scottsdale, Arizona product ran a 4.49 40, heaved the powerball 38 feet and leapt 36.3 inches in the vertical jump, scoring just below Adoree' Jackson and far ahead of Juju Smith.
In the fall he led Saguaro to a 13-1 record and a Division III state title. In the championship game he raced for 18 carries, 156 yards and a pair of touchdowns, adding 101 yards and two more tds receiving. For the year he totaled 2,331 all-purpose yards and 30 touchdowns, an elusive, quick-twitch wonder that baffled defenses and found routes to the end zone even when hemmed in on all sides.
He wants to play somewhere warm, but even more than that, he wants to play at the school that will best prepare him for the NFL.
Like many elite recruits, he has no doubt of his value and a complete understanding of his vast and nearly innumerable options. Desk calendars get cleared of laptops and coffee cups when he calls. He told mblock.com, the recruiting hype organ of Michigan football, "I play fast. I'm pretty sure it's obvious to most people when they watch my film. I'm very dynamic and I can play multiple positions. However, I have remained very good at one main position. I have really good, reliable hands and I play hard and physical. Whatever college I go to, people can expect big plays and something to happen every time I have the ball in my hands."
In every season there are only a handful of talented athletes who can make statements like that, and for 18 months, the world crowds around them like a horde of paparazzi flashing 50 clicks a minute for a glimpse of a starlet's bra strap.
I just hope Oregon gets one out of Ryan Newsome, Christian Kirk, and Chico McClatcher. Each is outstanding.
He's from AZ so that's a good thing. Seems like he's interested in getting away from home. Doubt he goes to SC with the class they just brought in on offense. When would he get the ball? He wants to play where it's warm huh? Well then visiting Columbus makes sense ha It's a humid 27 degrees there today. Ducks might have a shot if we would show him the right sorority instead of playing Xbox all night. Keep the posts coming Dale I'm bored as hell with only bball on.
Reminds me of LMJ, DAT, Huff, Addison and new signee Charles. Fast and elusive, aware of what's developing on the field. A warm place may be on his list, but there have to be higher priorities.
Accuweather says March 8th in Eugene will be cool, 48°, with a few Tstorms. March 15th will be sunnier/drier and March 22nd 57° with brilliant sunshine. Oh well, he might as well see it like it is, and that his ideal fit with the Ducks is way more important.
He looks like a made to order Duck. No problem with playing him on offense or defense, and Oregon's offense is a perfect fit for his playmaking abilities. The visit schedule looks good too, let him see SC and the Buckeyes, and then he can come to Oregon and know he definitely saved the best for last.
@SonomaDuck Just watched his video. Kirk, Ty and Royce? Beam me up, Scotty! He fits the Blur
@hoboduck He identifies Oregon as his favorite childhood program.
There can't be zero chance, because he's making a visit to Eugene on his own dime and he's already including the program among the schools he's interested in.
@Ducko30 His college position is probably wide receiver, but he's a superb prospect at cornerback, returner or running back also.
@DrakeMallard First off you say it is some of the "mildest" weather in the contiguous USA and secondarily it gets moisture in a light drizzle form as opposed to thunder storms or snow (at least most of the time). Again, stress mild! Its not like being in the deep south where it's hot but the humidity feels like an elephant on your chest or the Midwest where it gets muggy hot, incredibly cold and they have tornadoes (make them watch the Wizard of Oz twice on their recruiting trip and tell them Kansas=Ohio, Michigan ,Oklahoma, Nebraska, etc. It is called marketing!
@DrakeMallard It never rains at Autzen Stadium!
@SonomaDuck Satan will not get his way. Funny that Bama loses 2 games and they're calling for rule changes lol! I'm not sure it will make a difference for the Ducks. I don't feel like we ran the up-tempo like previous years, is that just me? With additions like Lousi, Royce and hopefully Ratu on defense we won't have to worry about outpacing teams. Besides we can't run the tempo in bowl games the way the game is paused with commercials/timeouts.
The Ducks can hurry every team outside of MSU and Stanford. Gonna need to switch to Cannons for those big boppers. The key to this year will be to outpace the pretenders (UW, wsu, Wyoming, SD) keep Marcus untouched and on the sideline..... And find a way to win a big game with some new USDA Beef.