“I will bring a lot of toughness, a lot of strength, a lot of ability covering wise,” said Irvin, who decided on Sunday to flip his commitment from Texas to Auburn while taking an official visit to AU. As an early graduate from Westminster Christian he plans to enroll for classes at Auburn on Tuesday.
“I feel like I will have a good impact my freshman year,” said Irvin, who is rated as a four-star cornerback by Scout.com. He also plays safety, which is his favorite position. “I like safety. I like hitting people.”
The U.S. Army All-American told Auburn’s coaches on Sunday that he would be back later in the week to enroll in classes and go through winter workouts and spring training.
Asked when he made that decision, Irvin said, “Actually, when I woke up from the hotel coming down to breakfast--I feel like this is home. I could see myself excelling academically and athletically at Auburn for the next three or four years. When I woke up out of the bed I felt like I wanted to be a Tiger.”
Part of a visit weekend loaded with bluechip prospects, Irvin said he did some recruiting for the Tigers before heading home. “I talked to those guys about let’s rebuild the program in the 2015 class.” Noting that he talks a lot to those recruits, he said, “Hopefully, those guys will jump on the board.”
Irvin wasn’t on Auburn’s recruiting radar until Will Muschamp was hired in December to coordinate the defense and Travaris Robinson was brought in to coach the secondary. Both had relationships with the prospect from Miami when they were coaches for the Florida Gators.
Irvin pointed out that when he was talking to Auburn’s head coach, Malzahn said that soon after Muschamp took the job the defensive coordinator told the head coach about Irvin. “He was like, ‘I hope you want him--we have to get Tim Irvin.’”
Irvin added that Malzahn was “really excited” when he told him the news that he wanted to play for the Tigers. “He said he can’t wait to get me up there and I can do big things to help the program.”
The official visit was Irvin’s first trip to Auburn, where he plans to major in entrepreneurship and business.“It is nice,” he said. “I feel like it is one of the best programs I saw, facility-wise, and things like that.”
He added that he also liked the players he met on his visit, including his player host, junior wide receiver Ricardo Louis. “He is a great guy and like me he is from Miami,” Irvin noted.