Godby's McIrvin commits to TSU

Godby's McIrvin commits to TSU

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Godby's McIrvin commits to TSU

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Kenny McIrvin made the right choice a year ago.

A transcript issue left McIrvin ineligible to play football during his junior year at Godby High. Though tempted to quit, McIrvin stuck with it and practiced every day despite never being able to play in a game.

Just one month into his senior season, McIrvin’s perseverance was rewarded when he accepted a full scholarship offer from Tennessee State University. He announced his commitment Monday night and said he will sign with the Tigers in February.

“First, they have my major — sports management,” McIrvin said. “Then they have a nice facility up there. I think it’s the right place for me.”

That McIrvin is even talking about college courses is a testament to his hard work in the classroom, said Godby coach Ronnie Cottrell.

“After he was told he was ineligible, he still practiced every day and worked,” Cottrell said. “He set a goal to get a scholarship and he did everything he was supposed to do. He got his grades up where they needed to be and now he’s on track to get a full ride.”

McIrvin’s rally in the classroom allowed him to shine on the field, where he has stepped into the Godby lineup this fall. A starting cornerback, he has broken up four passes and intercepted a pass through the Cougars’ first three games. He’s also a standout on special teams.

McIrvin said earning this scholarship is exactly why he continued practicing last year even when he was ineligible .

“Quitting — it crossed my mind at first when I found out I couldn’t play,” McIrvin said. “But something told me to keep pushing.”

McIrvin was recruited to TSU by former Madison County and Florida State defensive back Mikhal Kornegay, now the defensive backs coach for the Tigers.

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