When Syracuse offered Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas wide receiver Michael Irvin Jr., the name had instant recognition among Orange fans. That is because his father, Michael Irvin, is an NFL hall of famer who starred for the Dallas Cowboys and won three Super Bowls.
Irvin Sr. went to Miami approximately 30 years ago. Because of that connection to the Hurricans, many assume his son will follow in his footsteps. While that is certainly an option it is not a sure thing, according to junior.
"I say assume if you want to," Irvin said. "It has nothing to do with what choice I make in the end."
"I've been waiting on 'Cuse," Irvin said. "They will be in my top five for sure. I love Syracuse. I will definitely be taking a visit there soon."
Irvin says his love for Syracuse is due to their fans, the Carrier Dome and the fact that he's a fan of theirs himself. That has developed from watching them over the years and their proximity to New York City. His father, in fact, was recruited heavily by Syracuse.
He has already told his son that they were one of his top choices and spoke very highly of the school and the football program.
Also in Syracuse's favor is two of his former teammates, Sam Clausman and Colin Byrne, have signed with the Orange and will join the program this summer. That is an important factor for Irvin, who says both are already recruiting him to come up to The Hill.
"Clausman is my dude and pushes Cuse on me big time," Irvin said. "He wants me up there for sure. It means a lot to have Clausman there. I like him a lot."
When he does visit, he plans on spending it getting to know the coaches on a more personal level. He wants to see if the program has a family feel and if he would be a good fit. He currently has no timeframe for a decision. Irvin Jr. is rated as the 65th best receiver in the 2016 class.