Scout 300 lineman Deron Irving-Bey (Southwestern Commencement/Flint, Mich.), along with his teammates, attended a Maryland one-day camp back in June, and soon afterwards he landed an offer from the Terps. Since then, the 6-foot-5, 280-pounder has been in touch with UMD offensive line coach and area recruiter Dave Borbely, who has convinced Irving-Bey to return for an official visit down the line.
“Maryland’s in touch with me all the time. I always talk to the offensive line coach and he’s been telling me how much they need tackles there,” said Irving-Bey, who claims offers from Michigan State, Michigan, Tennessee, Pitt, Syracuse, UMD and others. “He’s a good guy, and I liked working with him at the camp. When I first met [Borbely], he kept it real the whole time and was on top of me in drills. He’s a really good coach and has had a lot of success developing guys. I like [Borbely] a lot.”
Irving-Bey actually worked out for Maryland defensive line coach Mike London, too, drawing praise from him as well. But the Michigan native said the Terps want him on the offensive side of the ball.
“They actually liked me a lot for D-line, and I had a great time working with the defensive line coach. But now it’s just O-line that they’re [recruiting me for]. Maryland is actually my only offensive line offer; the rest are for defense,” Irving-Bey said. “But I’ll play either side of the ball; I just want to play where I can get on the field.”
The Southwestern Commencement product didn’t have a chance to see much of the school when he was in College Park, Md.. But he liked the program and the coaches enough to list UMD as a school he “definitely” wanted to officially visit.
“I want to see Maryland again so I can tour the school and just learn more about it. I liked it a lot there when I was there for the camp, I liked what I heard from the coaches, and they’re one of the schools that’s in touch with me the most,” said Irving-Bey, who also toured Towson, Howard and Morgan State while in the area. “I also want to take an official to Tennessee, and possibly Howard.”
Irving-Bey said he didn’t necessarily need to officially visit MSU or Michigan since he lives close to both. The Flint native has been through East Lansing, Mich., several times already and will be at Ann Arbor, Mich., July 30.
“When I first went to Michigan State, I just loved everything about it. That was the first big D-I school I visited. It just felt great there and I love the coaches. I have a great relationship with them,” Irving-Bey said. “And Michigan, my family grew up Michigan fans and when I got an offer from them it was an honor. I really want to get up there to see how it is.”
Many analysts have forecast Irving-Bey to the Spartans, but, publicly at least, the two-way lineman said not to read much into that.
“I really don’t have a favorite right now. I know a lot of people think I’m going to Michigan State, but I don’t know why. I guess it’s because I’ve been there a bunch,” Irving-Bey said. “I’m open right now and I want to take my officials.”
Irving-Bey added that he’d like to use all five allotted official visits if possible. He said he’s saving the final two or three trips for significant offers that might materialize during his senior campaign.
“There’s one school in mind that I’m waiting on an offer from, but I don’t want to put out who it is,” Irving-Bey said. “I don’t want to say something and then not get the offer.”
Irving-Bey, however, does not believe any other offers are imminent at this time. For now, he said he said he speaks to coaches from Maryland, MSU and Michigan the most.
“I’m going to decide after my senior season,” Irving-Bey said. “For now I’m just enjoying the process and seeing where it leads.”