Video interview by Sam Webb
Story written by Josh Newkirk
At 6-foot-5, 275-pounds, Deron Irving-Bey was generally the biggest athlete on the field during his final season at Flint (Mich.) Southwestern.
Now the four-star defensive lineman is just one of the guys, as he’s been competing against the nations best during U.S. Army All-American Bowl week.
“It’s been great man, I can’t describe it,” Irving-Bey said. “Just going against higher level players. It’s been a great experience just to see what’s out there and to go against it.”
And so far Irving-Bey, who is committed to Michigan, has embraced his learning experience.
“Playing against big level players it takes more technique and something I know I lack,” Irving-Bey said. “So being out here with the coaches that’s teaching me technique, this is the second day we’ve been out here and I feel like I’m getting better with technique.”
What particular moves has Irving-Bey added to his arsenal?
“Just being more violent with my hands really,” Irving-Bey said. “Just probably just to swim or under (move).”
In mid-December Irving-Bey committed to Michigan, and while he’s firm with his commitment, he says a few schools have continued to contact him.
“A couple people, but it really died down now,” Irving-Bey said. “My decision is made. So I’m just sticking to it.”
After Saturday’s Army Bowl is completed Irving-Bey’s high school football career will be finished, and he says his next step is getting ready for Michigan.
“I mean, just getting ready for college,” Irving-Bey said. “Everything football related is done. I’m at the bottom of the list (depth chart). I’m trying to be the best I can. I’m trying to start as a true freshman. So I’m working hard in the weight room. I’m on the track running, just be a better player overall.”