Irvin at a half-dozen

There's no doubting Marquise Irvin as a pass-catcher, but is he better suited to play wide receiver or tight end at the next level? Colleges have been asking the same question, though it hasn't stopped a half-dozen programs from offering him a scholarship.

At 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, Marquise Irvin has some ideal size as a passing target. Equipped with solid route-running skills and even better hands, and it's clear that somewhere on offense is the route the rising-senior will take at the next level.

Six programs – UAB, Murray State, Mercer, Illinois State, Jacksonville State and Tennessee-Martin – feel the same way and have already offered the Gurley (Ala.) Madison County standout a verbal scholarship.

"It's been good," Irvin said of his spring. "But rough at the same time, just knowing that some coaches like me but I need to find the right situation for college.

"A lot of coaches like me at wide receiver because of my height and my size. I really want to play receiver, but I know I'm getting bigger and will probably wind up at tight end. But I'm not sure yet, I've got to get my speed good."

While without a current leader among his options, Irvin says South Alabama, Southern Miss and Western Kentucky could be the next possible offers. One out-of-state program intrigues him the most among the group.

"Southern Miss, because I have a good relationship with their coaching staff," he said. "I talk to Coach (John) Wozniak, I like him."

The 2015 talent knows his explosion could be keeping him from additional offers, but he's dedicated considerable time towards changing that notion.

"I just work on more of the little things, more on my legs and my explosiveness coming off the ball," he said. "I want to at least run a high 4.4 (second 40-yard dash), low 4.5."

Track and field, where Irvin runs the 400-meter dash and placed third in the state meet, along with the 4x400 and 4x800-meter relays – has helped.


Irvin on the track (photo provided).

Over the summer, Auburn, MTSU, Vanderbilt and Louisville are penciled in camp destinations for Irvin. Even if big-time offers come in from those programs or any others, there isn't a trump card in his recruitment, though.

"Regardless of it's my favorite school, which is Auburn," he said of potential offers. "I'm still going to weight out my options."

Irvin's busy spring included multiple combines and showcases, including the NUC five-star Showcase in Georgia, in which he says he was named MVP after drawing plenty of praise from former Florida wide receiver and NFL veteran Travis Taylor while competing.

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