Irwin Talks UCLA Offer

When we last talked with Newhall (Calif.) Hart receiver Trent Irwin back in July at The Opening, it sounded like a late summer commitment was imminent. The athlete said he'll now go through the process a bit more.

Trent Irwin has been one of the region's top receivers since his freshman year but emerged on the national scene this past summer. He drew raves after his showing at The Opening and can definitely make a claim to be among the top 10 or so pass-catchers in the country.

Arizona State and Stanford have been the two schools at the top of the board for Irwin for months and he told us back in July that he would likely commit at the end of the August. The receiver has now decided to change those plans.

"I've decided I'm going to take my trips," Irwin said. "I want to see how these teams look on the field and I think my decision will now be closer to November. It's a big decision and I don't want to rush it. I took visits to Arizona State and Stanford but I don't think I'll be ready to do it before the season now so I'm going to take my time with it."

Another reason for the delay in Irwin's decision could also be the emergence of UCLA to the mix, who just offered last week.

"I definitely have interest," Irwin said. "UCLA is a great school and it's close to home as well. I had a good talk with Coach (Jim) Mora last week when he offered me and he explained that the process takes a little longer for their program. That was my first time talking with him on the phone and he's a great guy and wants me to come out for a visit and see fall practice.

"I've been up to UCLA before and know the area and campus pretty well. I don't have any plans right now to visit but I might do it, just to get a better feel for how they what to use me and get to know the other coaches. (Eric) Yarber is a good WR coach and they're doing some good things there so I definitely want to give them a look."

The vibe we were getting from some close to Irwin the last month or so was ASU was beginning to emerge as the front runner. We still feel the Sun Devils and Cardinal are the front runners but it sounds like UCLA will have some time to make up ground over the coming months.

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