Former Texas Longhorns safety commit Tim Irvin flipped to the Auburn Tigers just before enrolling early in 2015 in large part because the Tigers hired defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson, his longtime recruiter with the Florida Gators with whom he had a strong relationship. But Robinson left with Will Muschamp for the South Carolina Gamecocks defensive coordinator position during the offseason and Irvin announced his transfer from Auburn on Tuesday:
May 24, 2016
Now Irvin may once again be interested in the Longhorns, the school to which he committed at the 2015 US Army All-American game, though it lasted only 15 days -- Irvin visited Auburn and switched his commitment, becoming the first member of the so-called Florida Five to defect. Following the departure of linebacker Cecil Cherry and wide receiver Gilbert Johnson and tight end Devonaire Clarington failing to qualify, the only member of the group still at Texas is cornerback Davante Davis, who started much of last season.
But back to that interest from Irvin in Texas -- 247Sports is reporting that there has already been contact between the two sides:
"His uncle, Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, has already been in touch with Longhorns coach Charlie Strong discussing the possibility of bringing in his nephew. "
Landing the No. 1 safety in 2015 in Brandon Jones and the emergence of PJ Locke in the nickel -- essentially Irvin's replacement in the class -- has reduced the need for the 'Horns to finally get the Miami Westminster product on campus for good, but it's not out of the question that Texas reciprocates that interest from Irvin.
At Auburn, Irvin started 10 games, including the opener against Louisville, and finished with 18 tackles, two pass break ups, and two quarterback hurries. At the end of the season, he was second on the depth chart at nickel back behind senior Johnathan Ford.
The former consensus four-star prospect who ranked as the No. 18 athlete nationally will have to sit out a season before he's eligible at the school of his choice.