Chris Maurice discusses the immediate impact Auburn Tigers new recruit Tim Irvin will have on the defense in the 2015 College Football Season.
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AUBURN, Ala (C+P) — Auburn University made quite a splash on Signing Day by landing the number one overall recruit in the nation, defensive end Byron Cowart. Auburn’s defensive line is sure to see some immediate improvements with Cowart on the roster; however, Cowart wasn’t the only big-name defensive player that will be calling Auburn home come the 2015 College Football Season—Tim Irvin has also committed to Auburn University.
Tim Irvin may not be a household name yet, but most people are familiar with his uncle, NFL Hall of Famer and former Dallas Cowboys superstar receiver Michael Irvin. Although it might be early, young Irvin is already receiving comparisons to his Hall of Fame uncle.
Tim Irvin had a fantastic high school career on both sides of the ball. Playing for Westminster Christian High School in Palmetto, Fla. Irvin put up 1,145 total receiving yards; 2,100 rushing yards; and 43 touchdowns over his high school career. On defense, Irvin added another 231 tackles.
Sure, Irvin’s offensive stats are very impressive; but when he talked to his family and coach (another uncle of his, Sedrick Irvin, who played for the Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins) they convinced him that he would be much better off on defense. Another reason for the switch: Irvin really wants to play for Auburn’s new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp.
Irvin had originally committed to the University of Texas Longhorns before Muschamp was hired as Auburn’s defensive coordinator. Irvin has actually known Muschamp, the former head coach of the Florida Gators, as well as former Gator and current Auburn secondary coach Travaris Robinson for a few years now. “They had been recruiting me since my freshman year, and I had wanted to play for those guys,” said Irvin. “[Muschamp is] one of the great defensive coordinators in college football and I felt like I wanted to be a part of that.”
For those keeping track, Muschamp has already been credited with bringing in two of the top defensive recruits in the nation, and he hasn’t called a single play for the Tigers in 2015. Look for good things to come from Auburn’s defense this season.