Similar to the way Florida harvests oranges and Hershey, Pa. produces chocolate, Texas A&M seems to grow talented wide receivers on trees.

There really is an abundance of pass catchers in College Station. From Josh Reynolds to Speedy Noil to Ricky Seals-Jones and on down the roster, the Aggies’ second-team receivers are talented enough to start for many teams around the country.

So what makes Christian Kirk stand out?

By all accounts, it sounds like the five-star signee, an early enrollee for the Aggies, has a chance to be very good from day one. Already, coaches are raving about his abilities.

Despite coming into school listed at 5-foot-10 and 191 pounds, Kirk has the versatility to play all over the field at Texas A&M. Scouting reports indicate that he’s got the ability to play bigger than his size, thanks to good strength and an underrated athletic ability.

Texas A&M’s strength coach Larry Jackson, who is nicknamed “Black Death” for his intense workouts, is impressed with Kirk’s demeanor.

“He just walked out of here doing extra work. He’s doing great. You can tell he’s the workhorse he said he was. It’ll be exciting to watch him and see where he’ll go,” Jackson said when he met with the media at the start of spring practice.

Thanks to his size and the logjam of big, talented receivers at the X and Z receiver positions, there’s a good chance that Kirk ends up playing out of the slot as a freshman. Kirk is shifty and fast, somethign that will serve him well playing underneath against nickelbacks. He’s by far the most talented option there, and perhaps overqualified for the position. His versatility will be a fun toy for Kevin Sumlin and Jake Spavital to play with, giving an already diverse passing offense some extra oomph.

Kirk could take over in the return game as well. Noil filled a role as a kick returner last year, and while he didn’t break any touchdowns he pressed coverage teams every time he brought the ball out of the end zone. Kirk will have to prove that he’s a good decision maker in that regard, reading blocks and knowing when to take a knee. Kirk returned kicks in the Under Armour All-America game back in January and looked solid doing so.

This spring, Kirk will get plenty of reps, just as Noil and Reynolds did as early enrollees last spring. With his skills, the freshman from Arizona could wind up working his way toward the top of the receiver rotation.