Anaheim (Calif.) Servite four-star safety Julius Irvin has seen his stock source in the past two months.
With scholarship offers from UCLA, Colorado, Oregon, Notre Dame and USC now in play, Irvin has become a low-key hot commodity.
Only playing seven games last season due to a meniscus tear in his knee, Irvin had 54 tackles. Fully recovered, Irvin had two interceptions in 7-on-7 skeletons drills at the Under Armour All-America Camp in Los Angeles a week ago.
And while Irvin has seen his stock continue to soar, USC actually had serious interest in him more than a month ago.
“They invited me to their bowl practice for the Rose Bow,” said Irvin. “I went to that and saw the energy they had.
“I saw eh focus they had and how the way they prepared was more professional. It was cool to see players like Adoree Jackson who are first or second rounders in the NFL Draft up close.
“I could see myself playing there. They use a lot of five defensive backs sets and have defensive backs in the rotation more than other schools. That’s a plus right there because I could see early playing time.
“It was later that day the coaches wanted me to call them when I got home. I was just laying around on the couch and called them. That’s when they offered me.”
That scholarship offer from USC is one of 11 at present date. Irvin’s father, Leroy, played 10-years in the NFL — nine of which were with the Los Angeles Rams.
Being around the game his whole life, Irvin values the traditional powers of college football like USC.
“It’s such a blessing to be in the position of having an offer from such a great school with such a rich tradition and history,” said Irvin. “USC also has great academics, so it’s just amazing to get that offer.”
Irvin plans on unofficially visiting Washington, Cal and UCLA this spring in addition to visiting USC again. These unofficial visits will be crucial if Irvin is to make an early commitment before his senior season.
“I’d like to have a decision before my senior year — that’s the plan,” said Irvin. “I want to focus on my senior season, but we’ll see.
“Every school is the same for me right now, so I have to look more into each school before I have any favorites. I want to make a top five and just focus on those schools. Hopefully, I can get that done by the summer so I can wrap this up.”
Away from football, Irvin is developing a list of factors that describe his perfect school.
“I’m not very nit-picky, but it would be nice to go to a school in the city that has great academics,” said Irvin. “I want to study communications right now, but that could change.”