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Texas in final four for FL athlete Tim Irvin ahead of announcement

Do the Longhorns have a shot at the versatile athlete? Does he even represent a need for the class?

Tim Irvin at a Nike event
Tim Irvin at a Nike event
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One of the Florida prospects still in the radar for the Texas Longhorns is Tim Irvin, an athlete from Miami (Fla.) Westminster.

After taking an official visit along with a host of other prospects from the Sunshine State for the West Virginia game, Irvin released his top four:

Set to announce at the US Army All-American game on January 3, Irvin will enroll at the school of his choice shortly thereafter.

The 5'9, 186-poudner is a consensus four-star prospect who could play an all-purpose back/wide receiver role at the next level, but will likely end up at safety.

He took his final official visit to Miami on December 12, the same day that he received an in-home visit from Texas head coach Charlie Strong and defensive line coach Chris Rumph, who recruits the state of Florida for the Longhorns.

Florida is also a contender for his services, but that may depend on whether new head coach Jim McElwain decides to retain defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson, with whom Irvin has a strong relationship.

With two safeties committed in Rockwall-Heath's DeShon Elliott and South Oak Cliff's Jamille Johnson, taking another safety in the class isn't a huge priority with cornerback a much bigger concern. However, the fact that Strong and Rumph took the time to hold an in-home visit with Irvin suggests that he's still a priority for the staff. Irvin's offensive versatility could factor into that equation, but the high odds of landing Aledo wide receiver/return man Ryan Newsome also decreases the need to take Irvin.

So at this point the remarkably physical Irvin isn't a necessity, just a luxury take for the 2015 class.