Patterson's Irvin makes it official with Tigers

Patterson standout Blair Irvin becomes the eighth player to sign with LSU.

Vital Data: Don't let Irvin's lack of size (5-11, 170) fool you. He is a dangerous player on both sides of the ball who can make the difference in a game with just one play. In his senior season under head coach Tommy Minton, 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. Irvin's chief asset is his speed, having been clocked at 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the Nike Combine at LSU last May.


Tiger Rag's take: Irvin gives LSU a receiver that can extend the field, but he comes in at a time when the Tigers have ample depth at the position. A redshirt is a strong possibility, but he may see action as a true freshman with the track team should he pursue that sport. Auburn, Georgia and other major schools had offers on the table for Irvin at the time he committed to LSU.


The Scoop: Irvin's speed was well known well before he came to the LSU combine. He was a part of the 4x100 relay team from Patterson that was expected to compete for the Class 3A championship, but a false start at the state meet took the Lumberjacks out of contention.


Blair is also a standout in basketball and baseball. His father was once a prospect in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.

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