Irby Not Far From Home

Linebacker Blaine Irby has made his mark as a junior, playing on a 14-0 St. Bonaventure team, which ranked number one in the state of California. He did however grow up in Sun Devil country, and was a fan of the maroon and gold during his days at Corona Del Sol High School. Last Saturday, he took in the maroon and gold's scrimmage, and talked about that unofficial visit and his recruiting in general with Devils Digest.

The 6-3 235 Blaine Irby has been an early target in the Devils' 2007 recruiting class. Case in point, Arizona State was the first school to offer Irby a scholarship, back in January. This past weekend, accompanied by his older brother, Irby visited Tempe to watch ASU in action during spring practice. "It went really well," he said of the visit. "It was good to see the coaches go through a game situation and interact with the players." The ASU prospect is being recruited by safeties coach and recruiting coordinator Dan Fidler.

In his first year with the Seraphs, he had 42 receptions for 658 yards and 7 touchdowns as an H-Back. He also played defense for the Seraphs, but was primarily utilized on offense. "My power, speed, strength and awareness on the filed are my strengths," said Irby as he described his skills. "I still need to work on my quickness." He added that the Sun Devils are recruiting him as a Tight End/H-Back, while the other schools are considering him as a linebacker. Irby is also a member of the track team. He participates in the 200-meters, the 4X100 and 4X200 relays, and at times also throws the discus.

With offers from Michigan, Ole Miss, Oregon, Washington State, Cal, Texas and Miami, Irby has his choice to venture away from home or stay in familiar surroundings. He didn't seem to indicate any preference on that topic and would like to check out all the schools he can and make an evaluation at that time. He did partake in an unofficial visit to Texas a couple of weeks ago, and has also tripped to UCLA, and Cal. He stated that he has no plans right now to attend ASU's camp or any other school camp, but does plan to attend various combines, including Scout.com's.

With all the possibilities that lie ahead of him, Irby is wide open in terms of his recruitment. Nevertheless, perhaps there's one school that may hold more of a special meaning than others. "I grew up an Arizona State fan," he admitted. "If I choose Arizona State it will feel like I'm coming home."

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