In the class of 2015, Westminster Christian DB Tim Irvin decided to follow one of his favorite coaches, DB coach Travaris Robinson, to Auburn. After one season which saw Irvin play in 10 games and record 18 tackles, Robinson decided to leave Auburn to join Will Muschamp's staff at South Carolina. Following Robinson's departure, Irvin announced his intention to transfer from the Tigers on Tuesday.
A U.S. Army All-American in 2015, Irvin is a highly skilled Safety that many teams would love to add to their rosters. According to a report by 247Sports, Irvin is looking at 3 schools for his transfer destination: Miami, Texas, and East Carolina.
The connection to Texas is clear: Irvin was once committed there before flipping to Auburn. Wescott Eberts from Burnt Orange Nation covered the Longhorns' angle of this pretty expertly, and you should read that for more context.
The connection to East Carolina is also clear: Irvin's uncle Sedrick, a former Michigan State standout running back, works for the Pirates in a non-coaching role. In any event, it's family, connected with football, and an ASSURED starting spot in 2 years.
For Miami, it's home for Irvin. He grew up in Dade County, and starred at Westminster Christian. Another one of Irvin's uncles is none other than Miami Hurricanes legend and NFL Hall of Fame WR Michael Irvin, who needs no introduction.
The big news, according to the aformentioned 247Sports report, is that Irvin will be on campus in Coral Gables on Wednesday. That visit should go a long way to determining Miami's chances to bring in this talented player.
Yes, Irvin would have to sit out the 2016 season due to NCAA transfer rules, so he wouldn't be an immediate help to the DB corps. But, adding a player of his ability to the position of greatest need would be a big get for Miami. And, this is something that the Canes have done in previous years. Miami brought in DT Gerald Willis III last season under similar, but not identical, circumstances.
Mark Richt has been very open about the need to add talented players to the roster. Whether or not Irvin and this transfer situation fit what Miami is looking for remains to be seen.
Update: Peter Ariz from CanesInSight.com reports Miami will not engage with Irvin regarding a potential transfer
Tim Irvin transferring from Auburn. Miami will not get involved from what I'm told. https://t.co/xvvRNbCVBr— Peter Ariz (@PeterAriz) May 24, 2016