Hall of Fame NFL wide receiver Michael Irvin's son is just a freshman in high school, but we're already thinking about him as a recruit here in the world of college football recruiting.
Irvin Jr. is 6'2'' and 195 pounds, and it's not hard to say that he's one of the bigger names from the recruiting class of 2016. There aren't many freshmen getting national publicity for their abilities on the football field just yet, but Irvin Jr. is a starter, mind you—on varsity.
While there's still ages of time before Irvin Jr. has to starting thinking about college choices and football at the next level, according to Brian Perroni of 247Sports.com, Irvin Sr. already has his son's college decision set in stone:
While he does not want to focus on the recruiting process, the Miami native definitely has a preferred destination for his son when the time comes.
“My exact words to Mike were this – ‘There are some choices God gives us and some He doesn’t.’ He can’t choose his mom, his dad, his brothers or sisters or what school he goes to. Everything else, he can choose. He WILL go to the University of Miami,” Irvin Sr. said laughing.
One could only hope that Irvin Sr. was having a little fun regarding his alma mater, but there has to be some truth to that statement, if you think about it.
Many parents want their children to attend the college they went to, and in the case of Irvin Sr. he was kind of a big deal. Why wouldn't he want his son to go to school where he was a star? He'd be an instant celebrity, or at least more so than most recruits.
It's a win-win, right?
Will Irvin Jr. play at Miami?
The only hitch in Irvin's plan is that Miami isn't the football school it once was, especially on the heels of the illegal benefits scandal reported by Yahoo! last year, a pending investigation and a 6-6 record in 2011. There was a time when playing football for Miami meant that you were playing for an unquestionably elite college football program. Now, well, the Hurricanes are struggling to remain nationally relevant, and their program is anything but elite.
If Irvin Jr. is anywhere near as good as his father, and at it appears that he's on his way, Irvin Sr. would only be doing his son a disservice if he locked him into Miami.
If he remains a factor on varsity for four years, he's going to get offers from some of the biggest programs in the country. USC, Oregon, Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Texas and others are likely going to be recruiting Irvin Jr. to come win a national championship, and while Miami could get back on track by the time Irvin Jr. has to commit, the Hurricanes don't look able to hold a candle to those schools.
Irvin Jr. could have the experience of being one of the most highly sought-after recruits in the country, and he can have the opportunity to play for a legitimate powerhouse.
Or his father can force him to attend Miami. For Junior's sake, let's hope Michael Irvin Sr. was joking around.