Michigan continues to roll in the month of December as they picked up their fifth consecutive Scout 300 prospect and their second commitment of the day, this time from in-state defensive lineman Deron Irving-Bey. The four-star prospect out of Flint (Mich.) Southwestern Academy chose the Wolverines over the Spartans, Hawkeyes and Terrapins.
The Maize and Blue now also sit with eight in-state commitments and newest Wolverine, Irving-Bey comes in as one of the more versatile recruits. The 6-foot-5, 272-pounder showed the ability to play on the defensive and offensive lines this season. He does have room to grow in his overall game, but the frame and potential is all there to excel at the next level.
Flint Southwestern head coach Chane Clingman got to see Irving-Bey’s development over the years to the point of being named Flint Journal’s Defensive Player of the Year this season. Despite having to deal with the recruiting process and being constantly schemed against by opponents to getting doubled and even tripled team at times, his talented youngster still made his presence felt.
“I thought he played well this year,” Clingman told The Michigan Insider. “Of course, when you are in the spotlight so to think, then we face an opponent every week that game plans for Deron. He faced double and triple teams weekly this season and I thought he handled it so well. He still finished with like 70 something tackles this year and 17 tackles for loss this season, which is still quite high. He played well, especially with a lot of things going on the outside of playing the game he had to deal with this year like there was always having to speak with a coach or something like that. Sometimes that can wear on a kid and they can’t stay as focused as much as they need to, but I thought he handled things well and then you got the U.S. Army Game to play, so he’s thinking about that as well, so he had definitely a whirlwind season.”
Irving-Bey is projected to play on the defensive line for the Wolverines, but has the willingness to help the team on either side of the ball and is coming to Ann Arbor as a total football player.
“I don’t think it matters to him at the end of the day,” Coach Clingman said of where he plays. “The kid just wants to get a degree, which is his first priority. With football, he has been offered on both sides of the ball, so whether he goes and plays tackle on the offensive side or he plays defensive end and the 3 technique. He is open to any of those things because he has been coached to be a football player, so as long as he keeps up front that he is there to get a degree first, then I think the rest will take care of itself.”
“(Michigan) just likes him as a football player, so again I’m sure whatever position Deron plays, he is going to do fine and work hard.”
While Irving-Bey decided to stay home and play in the Big House for the next few years, the Wolverines had much work to do earlier in his recruitment to really become a major player. It was a task that Jim Harbaugh and his staff were ready for and definitely achieved, according to his coach.
“Absolutely,” said Coach Clingman. “I know Deron has been down to Michigan a few times and has been very impressed with their coaching staff and facilities. He loves that they are sponsored by Jordan. So yeah Michigan definitely made up ground.
Irving-Bey still have one game left in his high school career as he will be playing next month in the U.S. Army All-American Game