Christian Kirk's final six didn't include a shocker. Then, the four-star wide receiver doesn't strive for the surprise factor. His recruiting thoughts have been on display for some time. The Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro standout isn't one to create mystery for mystery's sake.
Texas A&M and Ohio State are thought to be his two most likely landing spots. Both are accounted for in his final six. USC and UCLA have also been heavily involved and are also accounted for. Arizona State, the home town school, is among his finalists as well. Finding a surprise of any sort is a stretch. But of put on the spot, Kirk's inclusion of Auburn would have to fit the bill.
"They definitely surprised me," Kirk said. "When I went down for that trip to the South and into the SEC, Auburn was the last school I expected to be blown off my feet by. They just really impressed me and my family. We loved the coaches and we loved the players. The players are the kind of players I am used to being around - real goal-oriented and all that."
The Tigers will receive an official visit from Kirk, but no date has been picked at this time. In fact, only one of the Rivals100 prospect's visits is anywhere close to being set. Texas A&M will host Kirk early in the season, and the trip will likely be an all-important one.
"It's not officially set yet because we still have to get flights, but I'm going to be going to Texas A&M for the Rice game [on Sept. 13]." Kirk said. "That's close to being set in stone."
The only school included in Kirk's final six that will not receive an official visits in the hometown team. That decision is all about proximity, and Kirk stresses that it means nothing as it relates to the Sun Devils' chances to land his commitment. A courtesy inclusion this is not. Not according to Kirk, anyway.
"I kept ASU there for a reason," he said. "I wouldn't leave a team in there just to blow them off. My relationship with them is good. The fact that I can go any Saturday and be around the atmosphere is the only reason I'm not taking an official there. I think that's the main part of an official, seeing the campus packed and seeing the atmosphere, and I already know what kind of feel and vibe I get there."
In addition to scheduling official visits, Kirk, who will graduate from high school a semester early, is also plotting a commitment date. And that picture, it seems, is also starting to clear. As is a trend with Kirk, he discusses his plans in a matter-of-fact tone. Keeping secrets isn't really his thing.
"It looks like it's going to be in December, "Kirk said. "It's going to be the first or second week of December. I'm doing it at my school. I'm just not sure on the date yet."
As a junior at Saguaro, Kirk caught 65 passes for 1,164 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also ran for 825 yards and 13 additional scores.