An early high school graduate who began classes at Auburn on Wednesday and who will be able to go through spring practice with the Tigers, Irvin was a standout at Westminster Christian School for his uncle and former college and NFL standout Sedrick Irvin. While he had offers from all over the country, Irvin’s connection to the Tigers was Robinson and that made the difference.
“Just being honest, if you want to go from 1-100, T-Rob was 90 percent because of the relationship they’ve developed over the last three years,” his uncle said of Tim’s decision. “What I told him is that with Auburn you can’t lose, meaning SEC. You’re going to play on TV and everything is going to be first class.
"You will also have the chance to compete for an SEC Championship and a national championship every year. You couldn’t lose with either choice he could have made. That is the only advice I gave him.”
With a need at the cover corner position right away, Auburn has been looking for a player with Irvin’s talents. Putting the Tigers in his final group when he chose Texas at the Army All-American Game even though he had never visited the campus, once he got on the Plains it was almost a foregone conclusion he would flip his decision.
Now he will have the opportunity to play early for the Tigers in the secondary, something his uncle said is made possible because of his combination of athleticism and his willingness to be the most physical player on the field.
“Tim is one of the most athletic kids I have seen,” Irvin said. “I’m talking about all my years of football, and I have been around a lot of great athletes. When I say athletic, you can put him at any position and he’s got the ball skills, he’s got the explosion, to play receiver or running back, cornerback and safety. He can play all three phases of the game and be effective.
“When you’re a corner, his thing is that he loves to be physical,” Irvin added of his nephew. “He’ll stick his face in there. I think that’s half the battle, especially when you’re going from high school to college.
"One thing about him is that he will come up and hit anybody. Once he loosens up his hips and things like that, he’s going to be a hell of a player because he can come off the hash and has the hands and the ball skills. He’s going to be a playmaker for those guys.”