UCF Commitment Review: Tay Irvin

The Knights needed to add some depth to their defensive tackle rotation, and they scored big when they added Tay Irvin. The Troup County (GA) tackle is a massive player with surprising quickness who can contribute immediately. See what Irvin had to say about playing for UCF in his exclusive interview with InsideKnights.com

At 5'11", 306 lbs, Tay Irvin is physically imposing. The Georgia product plays with excellent leverage and uses a rare combination of quickness and strength to cause havoc in opponents' backfields. In fact, there hasn't been much that has gotten in Irvin's way, but that still doesn't prevent his mom from worrying about him going to UCF.

"My parents are excited about me deciding on where to go, but I think my mom is nervous about me playing so far from home," Irvin tells Inside Knights. "I will probably visit UCF again with my mom so she can see the campus."

The seven hour drive from LaGrange to Orlando might be a bit of a haul, but the Knights are glad that Irvin decided to commit early, and he feels the same.

"It feels good to have committed to UCF. The recruiting process has been a little frustrating but the Knights made me feel wanted."

Irvin plans on majoring in business management, so UCF's academics we one of just several other factors weighing into his decision.

"Academics, were a big reason for me committing to UCF. It's a good program and the community there is great."

The fact that UCF is an up-and-coming program was something that enticed Irvin, claiming that the Knights' "beat anybody attitude" was great. Irvin also liked the coaching staff, something that has been a common theme amongst many recruits this summer.

"The coaches are great. Coach Key (TE coach and Recruiting Coordinator) was the main guy recruiting me and he is a good guy. I met Coach O'Leary and he is a great guy, he's an old school coach. He believes that his program can take on anyone, which is great."

UCF's rotating line philosophy on defense has squeezed the most talent out of its linemen, as it allows players to reduce fatigue, and that was another bright spot for Irvin.

"Yes, it helps," said Irvin, who claimed that something he wants to improve at the next level is his stamina.

Endurance aside, Irvin has a lot of strengths, validating his ranking as a three-star prospect. He received offers from big time programs such as Penn State, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, and C-USA rival, ECU. Feeling wanted at UCF certainly influenced Irvin's decision, but the truth is UCF needed a player of his caliber at defensive tackle. With Irvin leading the way, UCF is targeting other big tackle prospects, and landing a player as talented and explosive as Irvin is a nice start.


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