"It's NC State," Irving told Pack Pride. "They have what I'm looking for. I want to major in math and agriculture, and they have the best agriculture school in the state."
Irving, who committed to NC State assistant Dwayne Dixon over the weekend, is the seventh known NC State commitment in the class of 2006. He chose the Wolfpack over an offer from East Carolina and also considered North Carolina and Clemson. Irving projects as a full academic qualifier.
Irving has received little fanfare during the 2005 recruiting year but his name has seemingly surfaced more and more often recently with connections to NC State. At 6-3, 210 pounds, Irving ran a solid 4.59-second 40-yard dash at a Shrine Bowl combine earlier this year. He backed that up with a 4.32-second shuttle and a respectable 29-inch vertical leap.
So far this season, Irving has been a star for his undefeated Wallace-Rose Hill squad. He's helped lead the team to an impressive 10-0 record. Starring at both TE and LB, the senior standout has collected 102 tackles, three sacks and one interception on defense. On offense he's hauled in seven passes for better than 100 yards and one score.He has been selected to play linebacker in the upcoming Shrine Bowl, a chance Irving will have to prove he can play with the top in-state players.