HOUSTON -- Receiver has been a position of strength for Texas A&M in recent years and 2015 should be no different.
However, despite not yet taking a collegiate snap, it appears true freshman Christian Kirk is becoming one of the team's best receivers and is poised to provide a big boost to the Aggies' offense this season.
Texas A&M offensive coordinator Jake Spavital raved about the work Kirk, who was No. 35 overall in the 2015 ESPN 300, has put in so far in College Station, Texas.
"He is a straight professional," Spavital said Tuesday while attending the Texas High School Coaches Association annual convention and coaching school. "He came to Texas A&M with one purpose and it's to play football and do it at the max level. It's amazing how he approaches it."
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Kirk is listed as one of the four starting receivers on Texas A&M's current depth chart, which was released last week at SEC media days. He enrolled at Texas A&M in January and the highly-regarded prospect wasted no time earning rave reviews from those inside the Bright Football Complex, lending early validation to his ranking as the nation's No. 4 receiver in the 2015 class.
Spavital is most impressed with Kirk's work ethic.
"He watches just as much tape as I do," Spavital said. "He'll tell me that he watched 100 clips of something every single day. Most kids don't do that, especially at the freshman level. He comes in, he's doing extra in the weight room, he's out there running routes every single day, he's a gym rat. When you look at the kid and the approach that he has, you can see why he was one of the top [recruits] in the country."
The Aggies still have 26 practices of preseason training camp -- which begins Aug. 10 -- for players to compete for starting spots, but it appears Kirk is quickly solidifying one of the four receiver spots as his. When discussing A&M's starting four receivers, Spavital included Kirk with Josh Reynolds, Speedy Noil and Ricky Seals-Jones.
Texas A&M opens the season at Houston's NRG Stadium hosting Arizona State, one of many schools who courted Kirk, a Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro High product and the No. 1 recruit in Arizona in 2015. (Notably, Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen was the No. 1 recruit in Arizona in 2014 and was also recruited by Arizona State).
While five-star prospects Kyler Murray and Daylon Mack have been the talk of Texas A&M's 2015 class (and have been drawing positive reviews themselves), it's clear that Kirk is also ready to make an impact immediately.
"Hopefully his work ethic and his demeanor and his maturity rubs off on the rest of the team because right now, he's pretty impressive," Spavital said.