Future Vol dominating in Win

Walnut, Calif. - Tennessee has come west to recruit several players, including big play defensive end Bruce Irvin of Mt. San Antonio College. Irvin was dominating in his performance against Pasadena on Saturday.

While the Vols were cruising past Western Kentucky on Saturday a future Vol was nearly 2,000 miles away performing in a manner that was no less dominating. Defensive end Bruce Irvin (6-4/230) of Mt. San Antonio College was virtually unblockable as the Mounties beat the Pasadena Lancers under the sweltering sun.

Irvin played some outside linebacker during his freshman season, but he moved to defensive end on Saturday, and he showed a burst off the edge that made him too much to handle for the right side of the Pasadena offensive line.

Much more than just a speed rusher, Irvin also read plays well that were going away from him, making several backside tackles. His motor was running full speed on all plays, and it wasn't uncommon to see him in on a play 20 or more yards down field.

Irvin plays with his head up and makes excellent reads. Irvin made several drive ending plays, but one of my favorite plays was one that will simply show up as a tackle on the stat sheet. As an option play was going away from him, begins his rush upfield, recognizes the option, changes his path immediately, and chases down the pitchman for a moderate gain. It's one of those plays that doesn't have a big impact in the stat sheet, but makes a Scout say "wow" when watching.

After repeatedly being beaten, at one point the Pasadena offensive lineman resorted to simply diving at his ankles from behind as Irvin blew past him.

Overheard from the coaches booth closing in on halftime "that number 11 is their MVP right now". Yes he was coach.

Originally from Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga., Irvin looks eerily similar to another former Stephenson Jaguar, Florida's Jermaine Cunningham.

Irvin is currently rated 4-Stars by Scout as a defensive end, and it's not beyond the realm of possibility that he rises from there.

#11 DE Bruce Irvin vs. Pasadena (9-5-09)

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