This, it seems, is the proverbial calm before the storm.
Four-star wide receiver Christian Kirk's most recent visit to California had nothing to do with USC or UCLA. It actually wasn't football-related at all. Instead, he spent last week kicking around a Golden State-based beach house as part of a family vacation.
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And while he says he is just more than a month away from cutting his list of possible colleges for a second time, the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro High School star is trying his best to not think about his impending decision. Ohio State and Texas A&M will make his final cut. That has long since been established. But whether or not Kirk wants to think about it at the moment, he'll be deciding on his other three destinations in the near future.
"I'll probably need to start thinking a little harder on these official soon," Kirk said. "I'm not in any rush because I can set up my officials whenever I need to.
"Hopefully, I'll announce the officials in August, right before our first game rolls around. I'll have it all together by then."
Kirk will follow up his family vacation with a flight to The Opening on the Oregon-based campus of Nike, where he shined as an underclassman a year ago. The Rivals100 prospect says it's nice to have a break from recruiting trips, the last of which was a return visit to Ohio State.
"It was a good visit," Kirk said of his second trip to Columbus. "It was just another one of those visits … I had gone up there the first time and it was all the glamor. The first trip was a recruiting trip. I didn't want this second one to be a recruiting trip. I just wanted to get there and hang around the program to feel like one of the guys, kind of like I did at A&M."
Arizona State, Ohio State, UCLA and Texas A&M make up the list of schools Kirk has unofficially visited on more than one occasion. And while he does not intend to take an official to ASU, the Sun Devils have not been eliminated. Oklahoma, Tennessee and Auburn are also thought to have legitimate chances of crashing Kirk's final five.
The top player in the state of Arizona, Kirk is ranked as the No. 3 wide receiver in the nation and the No. 30 overall prospect in his class. He will graduate high school a semester early and join the school of his choice in time for spring workouts.
Rob Cassidy is a Midlands/Southwest Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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