Irvin talks ASU pledge

There were many football related aspects that impressed Bruce Irvin during his visit to Tempe. Yet ultimately the five-star JC defensive end's commitment to the Sun Devils simply came down to the personal relationships he was able to establish during this past weekend. Devils Digest's caught up with ASU's newest 2010 class commitment following his official visit.

The 6-4 230 Bruce Irvin had been committed to Tennessee since May, but softened his verbal to take a visit to West Virginia which was immediately followed by a trip to Arizona State. The Sun Devils have been recruiting Irvin since the spring but have offered him a scholarship just two weeks ago.

"Coach Lubick (who recruited Irvin) and the other coaches and players showed me a lot of love," Irvin said. "I just felt that this was the best fit for me. When I as first got here I knew I was going to have a good trip, but I guess I was a little surprised that I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I really liked the facilities and the academics there. This is the best situation for me."

Irvin, who was clocked running a 4.37 in the 40-yard dash, stated that he likes the defensive scheme that the Sun Devils run and can see himself fitting in quite nicely with the maroon and gold.

"You can't block speed," Irvin said. "I do a good job coming off the edge and am really quick to get to the quarterback. Coaches said I could play at linebacker too." Throughout his first four games this season for Mount San Antonio (Calif.) Junior College Irvin has recorded seven sacks and 19 tackles. Ironically this five-star defensive end played half of his freshman season at safety, mixing in some special teams work, before moving to defensive end and garnering the attention of several schools.

Scott Kennedy, Scout.com's Director of Scouting attended Irvin's season opener, and filed this glowing report regarding the Mounties' standout:

"Irvin has a lightning quick first step," said Kennedy, "and he doesn't slow down much from there. He shows terrific play recognition and has the speed to track down plays from behind. He's a nightmare on the edge for an offensive tackle, most of which simply don't have the athleticism to keep Irvin out of the backfield. A converted outside linebacker, Irvin will need to get a bit stronger."

Originally from Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga., Irvin said that playing for a quality junior college program prompted him to make the cross country trip to Mt. Sac.

The defensive end remarked that his commitment to ASU is a solid one. "I don't have time to take anymore visits," Irvin noted. "I have to worry about the season."

Irvin is on schedule to graduate in December and will be a three for two player in terms of eligibility.

Here is footage from Irvin's season opener


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