The U.S. Army All-American from Westminster Christian School is a 5-9, 185 prospect who has also been recruited by Miami, Florida and other colleges. He is the nephew of NFL star Michael Irvin.
Irvin said he told Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn in a meeting on Sunday that he wants to play for the Tigers. “I just told him I felt like it was comfortable and it was a nice place when I first came on the campus. I felt like the coach and the players brought me in like I was their child. I felt like I was at home.”
The key coaches in his recruitment to Auburn were new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and new secondary coach Travaris Robinson, who both made the move to Auburn from the University of Florida staff. Irvin has a particularly close relationship with Robinson, the former Auburn player known as T-Rob.
“Him and Muschamp are some great guys," Irvin said. "They have been recruiting me since my freshman year whenever they were at Florida. Me and T-Rob have a great relationship. I feel like we have had a great bond over the years so I wanted to play for him."
Asked where the Tigers plan to play him, Irvin said, “They see me as a nickel guy. I can play zone, I can play man. They see me playing in the box a lot so that will help me.”
Irvin said he called Texas coach Charlie Strong on Saturday night to tell him that he wasn't going to be a Longhorn. “He said 'just do what is best for me-go somewhere where you feel comfortable.' He wasn’t mad at all.”
Irvin, an early high school graduate, said he will be back at Auburn on Tuesday to enroll for spring semester classes and begin them immediately.
Scout recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg had these comments on Irvin:
“There is a lot to like about Irvin. He’s built like a compact running back. Irvin possesses good speed. He’s physical and very aggressive regardless of position. Irvin is strong and shows good football instincts.
Perhaps his best attribute is his versatility, as he could play on either side of the ball. Best Irvin’s best suited on defense where I think he could play anywhere in the secondary. Irvin is terrific in run support. This kid shows range and opportunity. He’s not afraid to lay our his body and go for the knock out hit. There are times when Irvin can really bring it.
“The primary concern with Irvin and playing him at defensive back are his coverage skills. It's not that he's bad, but Irvin can get much better. This is something that can be corrected over time. Is he a safety, cornerback or both? I would lean more towards safety and his size, at least to me, is not a concern.”