Scottsdale, AZ | 5106 | 200 | 4.41E | 2019
The guy showed up at college station as instant coffee with rare speed, great running instincts and ball skills that allowed him to make an immediate impact as a return man and lead the team in receiving as a true freshman. Kirk has a third gear that allows him to run away from defenders but he also possesses the lateral quickness and body control to put a move on any would be tackler. Kirk does not have ideal height for the position, he has adequate ball skills but is not a hands catcher and needs to develop catching away from his body. He is a gifted runner and Kirk is a bonafide kick return ace that already has five career punt return touchdowns in just two years. Athletically he is on par with the Odell Beckham’s of the world and if he can refine his route running and ball skills, he will be a dangerous receiver at the next level with his ability as a runner. Kirk will likely be one of the top receivers off the board in the 2018 draft and should test through the roof in Indianapolis.
2016: Hauled in an SEC-leading 83 passes (for 928 yards and nine touchdowns) in his sophomore season … led the nation with three punt return touchdowns … averaged 21.7 yards on 13 punt returns, which would have led the SEC and the NCAA FBS if he had the requisite 1.2 returns per game … named third-team All-American by the AP.
2015: Record-setting first season at Texas A&M included leading team in receptions (80), receiving yards (1,009), all-purpose yards (1,789), punt return yards (341), kickoff return yards (385) and total touchdowns (8) … among SEC freshmen, Kirk led the way in receptions (6.2/G), receiving yards (77.6/G), punt return average (24.4), and all-purpose yardage.
High School: Coached by Jason Mohns at Saguaro HS in Scottsdale, Ariz. … All-American by Under Armour, MaxPreps, PrepStar … Gatorade Player of the Year in Arizona … as a senior, Kirk surpassed the 3,000-yard level in all-purpose yardage, including nearly 1,700 as a rusher and 1,200 as a receiver … rushed for 1,692 yards and 25 TDs and reeled in 61 catches for 1,187 yards and 17 scores … also scored on punt and kickoff returns … on defense, he had 49 tackles and four interceptions, including two that he returned for touchdowns … as a junior, Kirk gained over 2,000 all-purpose yards, including 1,183 receiving yards and 832 rushing yards … totaled 33 touchdowns, including 17 as a receiver, 13 as a rusher and three as a returner … on defense, Kirk contributed 55 tackles and two pickoffs … as a sophomore, Kirk grabbed 43 catches for 1,003 yards and 13 touchdowns … averaged 16.6 yards per carry as a rusher … on defense, Kirk had 23 tackles and four pickoffs … also had a punt return TD … a five-star prospect, Kirk chose Texas A&M over Arizona State, Auburn, USC and UCLA.
Personal: Christian Kirk is the son of Evan and Melissa Kirk … born Nov. 18, 1996 … business administration major.