Recruiting: Sooners eying California athlete

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Blaine Irby, ATH, 6'3, 230, 4.55, VENTURA ST. BONAVENTURE, CALIFORNIA:

Blaine Irby is a great football player and athlete who can help teams at a number of different positions. On offense, Irby is a tight end, h-back and also an outstanding fullback. On defense, he is expected to be a good outside linebacker.

"I like playing on both sides of the ball," said Irby. "I don't like just doing one thing, I always want to be on the field. I like playing on both sides of the ball and doing so many different things. I like to have fun when I play and playing so many different positions is a great way to do that."

Irby moved to Ventura from Tempe, Ariz. his sophomore year where he had over 800 yards total offense. Last season he helped St. Bonaventure to a No. 1 ranking and perfect 14-0 record. Irby caught 41 passes for 658 yards and seven touchdowns at the tight end spot, and added 17 carries for 153 yards and three touchdowns from the fullback position. Irby will add outside linebacker to his resume this year.

Irby benches 350 pounds, squat 500s and has posted a 37-inch vertical jump.

Irby participated in the Ventura County Combine and went to the USC camp recently. He also went to Junior Day in Austin, Texas. He ran a 4.4 at the Ventura Combine and had the top spark rating at the USC camp. Irby runs both relays (4X100 and 4X400) on the track team.

Irby has been offered by 14 schools at this point — Texas, Arizona State, California, UCLA, Oregon, Arizona, Washington, Washington State, Ole Miss, Michigan, Northwestern, Miami, Florida State and Fresno State.

" I don't have them narrowed down, but I hope to after the summer," said Irby. "I hope to have the schools narrowed down to three or four, which I will announce in the summer. Right now I am focusing on those schools that have offered me, but Oklahoma had a coach at one of my practices this spring. They have not offered me yet, but if they do then I would certainly look into them."

Irby took his SAT in May, but he is still waiting for the test scores to return.

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