Kirk headed to Vanderbilt
by Ben Hamilton
Jan 26, 2011 | 3495 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Walker senior Jaquese Kirk committed to play football for Vanderbilt after a visit this weekend. Kirk was a soft commitment to Louisville. Photo by: Johnathan Bentley
Walker senior Jaquese Kirk committed to play football for Vanderbilt after a visit this weekend. Kirk was a soft commitment to Louisville. Photo by: Johnathan Bentley
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Walker’s Jaquese Kirk has been busy since football season ended.

Since the Vikings saw their season come to and end in the Class 5A, state playoffs, the senior cornerback has shifted his focus toward — football.

Kirk, along with offensive lineman and teammate C.H. Scruggs, was selected recently to participate in last month’s 24th Annual Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Classic.

The Walker duo helped Alabama’s squad to a 24-17 victory in double overtime.

With the All-Star game out of the way, Kirk, a six-foot, 170-pound, shutdown cornerback, was preparing for his college career.

Kirk was verbally committed to Louisville all season long.

He changed his mind.

Kirk committed to Vanderbilt after a visit last weekend.

Rated as a three-star athlete by Rivals recruiting services, the versatile corner/receiver prospect has been targeted by the Commodores throughout his recruitment.

Vanderbilt expects Kirk to possibly play on both sides of the ball, due to his tremendous skill set and explosive, play-making ability.

Rated as the nation’s 55th best corner by Rivals, Kirk registered over 50 tackles and two interceptions en route to earning All-State honors for the third straight season last year.

He also posted over 400 receiving yards and excelled as a kick returner.

Kirk hauled 14 interceptions during the last three seasons at Walker.

He committed on Vanderbilt’s first official visit weekend and is one of the first two public commitments for new head coach James Franklin.

Three-star tight end Steven Scheu of Evansville, Ind., a 6-foot-6, 240-pound target, also committed to the Commodores this weekend.

Scheu received Class 3A All-State honors his senior year while catching 33 passes for 378 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for three more. Scheu caught 43 passes for 724 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior.