Irby: Out-of-Stater Who's Staying Committed

SAN ANTONIO -- Texas tight end commitment Blaine Irby talks about his performance in practice this week, this Saturday's game as well as Joe McKnight and Christian Scott during an exclusive interview with Inside Texas from U.S. Army All-American Bowl week.

IT: Today was this week's last contact practice. How did you do?

Blaine Irby: Today I thought I did a lot better than my past days just because all of the soreness kind of went down. I felt a lot more comfortable doing my reads as linebacker. I usually don't play linebacker so know that I'm getting the reads and learning from Chris Galippo.

IT: What are you learning from him?

Irby: He's a great linebacker. He's kind of just helping me out with all the reads. I'm starting to feel a lot more comfortable. I'm starting to feel that I can do a lot of big things at linebacker right now.

IT: Are you going to start in Saturday's game?

Irby: Yeah, at linebacker and all special teams and then during the game I'm going to be playing tight end also.

IT: Do you have any goals for Saturday's game?

Irby: Just to make a big play. Just get noticed for some reason. I don't know why. I just want to make a big play so all the people back home can see me on TV and just say they know me. It'd be good for Texas fans too just to show them that I can be the one to make the big play.

IT: How would you rate your week of practice?

Irby: I'd say good. In the beginning, it was kind of hard just because I haven't played in a while and with the pads and being real sore. Now, it's a lot better than that.

IT: How would you grade your performance this week?

Irby: I'd give it an A just because I'm giving maximum effort. I'm on every special teams. I'm jumping in on every drill. I'm giving it an A.

IT: Have you had a chance to talk to Louisiana running back Joe McKnight anymore about Texas?

Irby: We talked. When we're on the bus, we're all talking about Texas with him and that's why we're calling all the coaches, but right now, it's more of a bonding thing with all the players and I'm just talking to him maybe a little bit about college football, but nothing big. We're just talking about everything. Just personal stuff. What's going to happen tonight after practice. We're building a relationship definitely.

IT: How's it going with talking to Christian Scott about Texas?

Irby: It's going real good. It's the same with him as it is McKnight. We're just building a relationship right now. Everybody on the West team are great guys. We're all just kind of just building a relationship to be friends right now so we can keep this relationship going on in the future years.

IT: What kind of shot do you think Texas has at Christian Scott?

Irby: When we were talking about Texas, he liked it, but I don't know how he feels about other schools so I really have no idea.

IT: What about the chances of Joe McKnight going to Texas?

Irby: Same thing. I don't know. I don't really know how either of them feels about other schools and how they feel about Texas.

IT: Will you make efforts to talk to Christian Scott and Joe McKnight after this week?

Irby: Yeah, I will. I have their numbers right now. I'll talk to them and give them a call later.

IT: What have you thought about Texas quarterback commitment John Chiles this week?

Irby: I'm waiting to see what he does in the game. I've seen a lot of tape on him. I'm pretty excited about what he can do and what he can do for Texas. He's a strong player.

IT: Which Texas commitment has impressed you the most this week?

Irby: Curtis Brown has been intercepting everything in the air. Tray Allen is a big boy. Michael Huey is a big boy. All of them are just impressing me right now. I think it's great that all of us are in the All-American Bowl playing in this game that's just so big and that we're all going to go to the same school. That's pretty special.

IT: What are you going to major in at Texas?

Irby: I'm going to try business.

IT: What do you plan to do with that degree someday?

Irby: I have no idea. I just know that if you graduate from the University of Texas with a business degree and maybe even a master's degree that'd be perfect for the world. You'd have a lot of opportunities.

IT: You're not enrolling early. What are your off-season plans?

Irby: I'm going to be working out and running basically and just getting ready for Texas.

IT: Have you talked to the Texas coaches about a workout plan?

Irby: We all get a workout plan in the spring sometime. I'm going to be doing that, staying healthy and just eating right and doing everything right.

IT: Are you counting down the days until you arrive in Austin?

Irby: Counting down the days, yes sir.

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