All the way back when Trent Irwin was seven years of age, competition, along with the spotlight it can bring for future athletes, has shown brightly. Appearing on Bravo’s ‘Sports kids moms and dads,’ Irwin has been a motivated kid from day one.
Now a sophomore, soon to be junior, at Newhall (Calif.) Hart high school, the class of 2015 wide receiver is parlaying his lifelong affinity for football into interest from several colleges across the country after racking up 53 catches for 1,058 yards, and eight touchdowns, as well as two punt return scores in 2012.
“Sophomore year was interesting because it was tough my freshman year,” Irwin told GoBlueWolverine. “Freshman year it was tough getting used to everything so sophomore year everything seemed a little slower, especially playing with some B2G guys that have already gotten scholarships, and just, getting used to that level.”
B2G is Irwin’s 7-on-7 team in the off-season, one of, if not the, best collection of athletes in the entire country, qualifying to compete in IMG Nationals in Florida this July.
Holding two scholarship offers already from California and Colorado, Irwin says Washington, Florida, San Diego State, Oregon, Oregon State, and Oklahoma State have been by his school this spring. Michigan is another school showing interest in Irwin as well.
“I haven’t quite spoken to them on the phone,” said Irwin. “I talked to a coach on facebook and received some letters at this point.
“But my dad has grown up as a big Michigan fan so I have as well,” said Irwin. “I watched a lot of Michigan games. Back in the day my favorite player was Braylon Edwards.”
Irwin’s father, Craig, is originally from Flint, Michigan, with his Maize & Blue fandom running deep within his veins, inside Michigan Stadium to watch the likes of Rick Leach, Dennis Franklin, Ron Simpkins, and even witness Anthony Carter’s game winning touchdown reception against Indiana in 1979.
With family still in the area, a visit back to Ann Arbor is definitely possible.
“During the winter we almost always go out to Michigan,” said Irwin. “We’ll probably be up there but I’m hoping we can get out there this summer too.”
Asked to describe his game on the field, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Irwin gives an answer the eclectic Al Borges, Michigan’s offensive coordinator, would very much appreciate.
“I like to see myself as a technician,” said Irwin. “Someone that is going to look at the defense and be able to tell what’s open on different plays -- sit in the zone. A deep threat too but just, I really like to think of football as a chess game -- you have to understand what the defense is trying to do and try to beat it.”
To watch highlights of Irwin from his sophomore year, press play below.