DB Excited About Future As A Tiger

Auburn commitment Blair Irvin talks about his visit for the Iron Bowl this weekend.

Coffeyville Junior College cornerback and Auburn commitment Blair Irvin took an official visit to check out the Tigers this weekend and says that his trip to the Plains couldn't have gone any better.

"It went well," Irvin says. "I enjoyed it. It was a good atmosphere. You can't ask for anything better than that. The coaches were great. The players were real cool. I just loved the environment, the SEC. They treated me well and made me feel comfortable. You can't ask for anything else."

Rating the visit a perfect ‘10', Irvin says everything went well with player host Lorenzo Ferguson showing him around Auburn. Now the former LSU signee says his only thoughts are on getting to Auburn and getting in school as quickly as possible and ready for spring practice.

"Definitely," Irvin says. "I had past experience with Coach (Will) Muschamp back in '02. As far as the coaches and players, as long as you're comfortable with them then everything else is a piece of cake. My family lives right down the road in Opelika and I have been away from my family for the past five years playing baseball. That's another good opportunity for me. I'm just happy. I can't wait to get there."

To be eligible Irvin must complete an Algebra class at Coffeyville. He adds that he's hoping to get that done in time for the second semester at Auburn.

"I will actually take the Algebra class through Christmas break from December something to January 7," Irvin says. "I'll actually leave Dec. 15 and take the class online at Auburn, but it will be through my school in Coffeyville. I'm just going to work out and get where I need to be for the season."

This past season as a sophomore Irvin finished the season with 24 tackles, two interceptions, and 486 punt return yards despite most teams throwing away from him. Irvin says he had to put himself in the play most of the season, but notes he still has some work to do if he wants to play right away in the SEC after missing four years playing minor league baseball.

While his football skills are still a little rusty, Irvin says that his experience should give him a leg up on his competition when he arrives at Auburn because he's learned patience and how to work hard. He adds that's something he can pass on to many of the players he'll come into Auburn with next year.

"A lot of the guys are younger than me so I'm basically showing them around," Irvin says. "It is a big difference coming out of high school. Right now I'm more mature. I have a fiancée and a son, a five-month old son that I have to take care of. I look at things a different way now. It's fun to go out, but I'm looking at the education and the living process. The adult part of the situation. Being older than the rest of the guys helps me because a lot of the guys already look up to me. I like that because it forces me to come in and play the role I need to play."

While he is committed to Auburn and plans to be a Tiger, because of his academic concerns Irvin says he's keeping his options open just in case. That means a trip to check out West Virginia this coming weekend. Still he says if he takes care of business he'll be a Tiger.

"It has been 50 (percent) since this summer, but it's pretty much 100 percent now," Irvin says. "I'm still going to take the visit to West Virginia next weekend just to keep my options open because of that class. You never know what will happen…right now Auburn, because of my family, is a good deal for me."

Another Auburn verbal commitment, defensive tackle Charles Deas, was scheduled to visit, but missed his flight. Two high school seniors who were scheduled to make the trip this weekend didn't attend--defensive end Toby Jackson and defensive back T'Sharvan Bell.


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