Already training for the NFL Draft in case he wasn't granted the extra year, Irons says that the decision to stay or go was something he struggled with right after he got the word.
"When I heard the news I was like ‘oh,' because I didn't think I was going to get it," Irons says. "I was just going to get ready and go back training in Atlanta. Then I heard about that and I had to think about it for a minute. What was I going to do, stay or go?
"After Kirk (Kirk Sampson, Auburn Sports Information Director) called me back I was thinking that I wanted to tell him that I wasn't coming back, but I talked to my dad on the phone for a minute and he said ‘it's up to you now.'" I decided to come back. I listened to a couple of people on the team and a few other people. I have some things I need to work on and I'm excited."
Irons finished fourth on the team in tackles last season.
A senior to be next season along with brother Kenny, Irons says that having the chance to finish out things alongside his closest friend is something he couldn't pass up. "It's going to be pretty cool to finish out things with him," Irons says. "We're going to leave together. It's good because we came in together and we're going to leave together. I'm not looking forward to having him as a roommate again this season, but you have to live with that."
Auburn's top cover man last season and a solid tackler, Irons says that he would have likely been a second or third round selection in the NFL draft had he chosen to come out. Instead he'll now get a chanced to play for a second year and can show NFL scouts that his injuries are a thing of the past.
"My first year was kind of like my rookie year," Irons says. "This year will be another season under my belt. I'll be more experienced and more confident. This year I think I should be the number one cornerback in the nation. That's how I feel."
Irons, who is admittedly confident and cocky on his skills, adds that there are a couple of areas he needs to work on to become a first round pick after this season.
"Being a first round pick is my main goal," he says. "There are a lot of things I have to improve on. I have to improve on my off man. That's the main thing I need to work on. I think it's a good thing for me to come back and work on some minor things."