Stone Mountain, Ga.--One of the top offensive line prospects in the South for the 2018 class, three-star Jalil Irvin from Stephenson High was back on the Auburn campus Saturday to check out the Tigers and spend time with Coach Herb Hand.
Already very high on Coach Gus Malzahn’s program after getting a chance to learn more about them in the last year, the 6-3, 295 Irvin said the trip over along with his mom only solidified his thoughts even more on the Tigers as he gets closer to a decision.
“It was good,” Irvin said. “It basically just reaffirmed everything I already knew about Auburn. Coach Hand is a great coach. Coach Malzahn, I talked to him, real fun. They’re definitely at the top for me.”
Saying he’s “really close” to a decision, Irvin said at the moment Auburn is going to be hard to beat after nearly committing to the Tigers while on his visit.
“I was about 99.9 percent close but that one point got them,” Irvin said. “I’m gonna be coming back, though, real soon. I’m about to get this over with so it’s going to be real fun.”
Saying that he feels like a priority guy for the Tigers, Irvin is a player the Tigers see as a potential inside guy on the offensive line with the possibility to slide outside to tackle if needed. That makes him a key guy for Coach Herb Hand in the 2018 class and Irvin said he feels the love from Auburn’s OL Coach.
“Coach Hand was with me the entire day,” Irvin said. “I feel like we got even closer with him hanging out with my mom the whole time, not just talking about football but life in general. I had fun with it. It was real cool.
“He told us a story today about how he loves to cook and bring everybody over to his house to meet his kids, meet the family. His daughter goes here too so it's like a real family vibe. It's more than football for him. It was just a great thing.”
Now closing in on a decision with Auburn a strong leader, Irvin said there’s plenty to like about the Tigers for him and he’s excited about the future.
“That family vibe,” he said of what stands out about the Tigers. “I walked in for spring practice and Antwuan (Jackson) from Cedar Grove walked up to me, K.J. (Britt) walked up to me, T-Will (Travis Williams) walked up to me. It's just a family vibe. Everybody knows each other. I like that. It's like a different feeling from here to other colleges for me.”