Former LSU Signee Commits To AU

This former LSU signee and minor league baseball player has committed to the Auburn Tigers.

Coffeyville, Kan.--Sometimes things just have a way of working themselves out over time and that is certainly the case with Auburn's newest football commitment Blair Irvin.

The hope of a promising baseball career and the love of football didn't mesh, eventually leading Irvin to Auburn out of Coffeyville Community College and he says it's a dream come true in his mind.

An LSU signee out of Patterson, La. (High) five years ago as one of the top cornerback prospects in the South, Irvin instead chose to play baseball after being selected in the 12th round by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Playing baseball for four years, Irvin says football was never too far from his mind the whole time.

When his four-year contract was up, Irvin says it was a no-brainer for him to give football another try before it got too late. Now one year later as a junior college player, the 6-0, 186 Irvin has yet another future mapped out as he committed to Coach Will Muschamp and the Auburn Tigers. He says in his mind it was an easy decision.

"I feel like it's a good fit for me right now," Irvin tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "They have two seniors that are going to be leaving the following year so I feel like I can come in and play a big role as an Auburn Tiger. Coach Muschamp and Coach (Greg) Knox and the whole staff, I have met the once and I met them in the past, I feel real comfortable with them. That's a big part of the reason I chose to commit to Auburn. Since I'm older right now I know exactly what I want. I want to get with it and get going.

"Sitting out four years, it kind of builds up in you," he adds. "I'm just excited. Not too many people get this opportunity and I'm glad I get this opportunity to have a second chance. To pursue my college career, to have a chance to do this, is fun. That's why I committed so early. The visits and stuff sounded nice but I've been through that before."

Turning 24 years old on the 15th of May, Irvin will be the elder member of the Auburn team as soon as he arrives on campus but that won't dampen his spirit and love for the game. Out of football for almost five full years before playing sparingly as a wide receiver last fall for Coffeyville. In 10 games he caught five passes for 116 yards and one touchdown and added 12 carries for 71 yards and another score with a long run of 38 yards.

While the numbers aren't bad for a player out of football for so long but Irvin says he made the switch to defense in the spring and everything just fell into place for him as a player. At Auburn he's a candidate to play either side of the ball but his first shot will come on defense.

As a senior in high school he lined up at free safety and made 58 tackles to go with three interceptions. With the offense, he caught 28 passes at wide receiver for 637 yards and 12 touchdowns. Recently Coffeyville ran 40-yard dash times and Irvin ran three consecutive times of 4.39, 4.44 and 4.4 seconds.

Irvin becomes Auburn's fifth commitment for the class of 2008 joining Thearon Collier, Drew Cole, Vance Smith, and Damion Allen.


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