The race for one of the more high profile legacy players in the Class of 2016 is over: Michael Irvin Jr. will be a Miami Hurricane.
The St. Thomas Aquinas tight end made his decision official Monday afternoon, selecting the Hurricanes over ahead of scholarship offers from the likes of Georgia, Michigan, Syracuse and Wake Forest. Irvin Jr. is currently ranked as a three-star recruit, but his emergence at STA could impact that; he spent his first three seasons at Prestonwood in Plano, Texas, a Dallas suburb.
Irvin Jr. is the 22nd commitment that Al Golden’s staff has landed for Miami’s Class of 2016, a group which has the class currently ranked in the top five nationally. If Irvin has some of his father’s passion and starts recruiting some of his fellow prep standouts, the Hurricanes might end up higher than that, as well.
Irvin Jr. is the second member of Michael Irvin’s extended family to choose his collegiate future with a Big 5 school in the calendar year; Irvin’s nephew Tim Irvin signed with Auburn in February after previously committing to Texas at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
There’s little concern that Irvin Jr. might follow his cousin’s lead and re-open his recruitment later in the process.
“It’s what I’ve always wanted to do,” Irvin, Jr. told 247 Sports. “I like the coaches. They told me I would play all over for them. In the backfield, at tight end and at receiver.
“I chose Miami because of the tradition and its a great program.”