Irby Will Narrow Down List

The 6-3, 220-pound two-way athlete, Blaine Irby, from Ventura St. Bonaventure, has quickly become a high-priority recruit, collecting three scholarship offers this week. He gives us a time frame on when he might start narrowing down his list...

UCLA extended a scholarship offer to Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure's Blaine Irby (6-3, 230), one of three more offers the two-way standout received this week.

"This week UCLA, Washington and Fresno State offered me," said Irby. "UCLA's coaches came by and watched me. They offered me as an athlete, but said that they like me as a linebacker. I've got 14 offers now."

With offers to play strictly on offense, offers to come in as an athlete, and one offer specific to linebacker (Michigan), Irby isn't setting in stone where he'll play in college. "I'm pretty open to what position I'll play. I'm starting to play linebacker a little more and figuring out how fun it is," said Irby.

USC is a school that Irby is hoping will offer in the near future. He said, "They talked about how they need to see a player first before they offer. They were at my spring ball this week though."

Other schools that Irby has received an offer from include a who's who list of schools, including four that have won a national title in the last decade. "I've been offered by Texas, Miami, Florida State, Michigan, Northwestern and Ole Miss from out of state. Everyone in the Pac-10, except Stanford, USC and Oregon State, has offered me," said Irby.

Irby indicated he was very wide open, but that he anticipated shrinking his list in the next coming weeks. "Before spring ball is done, I want to get it down to a top 5-7," said Irby. "Then I'll get it down to about three. I'll decide when I'm 100% sure."

Irby attended Junior Day at Texas and the Nike Camp in Los Angeles, but otherwise has laid low, focusing on spring practice for the Seraphs, the reigning top ranked team in California.

Last season, Irby had 41 catches for 658 yards and 7 touchdowns at the tight end spot, and added 17 carries for 153 yards and three touchdowns from the fullback position. With linebacker Dwight Roberson, one of the most prolific tacklers in Ventura County history gone to Oregon State, Irby will be picking up the slack on defense.

"Dwight left some pretty big shoes to fill. He was a great linebacker at our school so I'm just going to do my best. I'm feeling more comfortable," said Irby.

Irby is working on his versatility this spring, and will have more opportunities to play linebacker in passing leagues, specifically the North County (San Diego) Passing League tournament.

St. Bonaventure should then have a momentous season this upcoming fall, with three opponents who won CIF titles and one runner-up on its schedule. The Seraphs play Division II champion Canyon and Division X champion Crespi. Week three brings what could be the most anticipated matchup in Southern California since De La Salle and Long Beach Poly played in 2001, when the Seraphs meet Oaks Christian. They also have Hart, the Division II runner-ups, on the schedule.

Academically, Irby said he will have no problem qualifying.


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