2015 Names To Watch: Irvin Charles

Submitted by Brandon Brown on October 27th, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Irvin Charles

Position: Wide Receiver
Ht/Wt: 6'4"/207 lbs.
Location: Paul VI High School – Haddonfield, NJ
Class: 2015
Offers: UMass, Old Dominion, Rutgers, Temple

With the Michigan coaches being free of game-prep duties this week they have taken the recruiting trail by storm visiting states across the nation and checking in on recruits from dozens of high schools. Tuesday afternoon Coach Ferrigno dropped in on Irvin Charles while making a sweep through New Jersey. Charles was a very cool kid to talk to and seemed very flattered to be contacted by the Wolverine staff. I asked him how long the visit had been set up and he surprised me with his answer.

Man, I had no idea they were in Jersey. He ended up telling me they were on a bye week so. I had no clue they were coming, I just got called down to the office and he was there. It was cool. It was my first interaction with Michigan so I was definitely surprised.

Charles told me that the visit wasn’t very long but that he and Coach Ferrigno talked about as much as they could in the short time they were together.

We talked about my recruitment, my training, my football season this year and just some personal life questions. He asked me how my dad is, asked about my sisters, where I live and who I live with.

This is another common thread I hear from recruits, that the coaches take a genuine interest in the life of the young man outside of football. That sentiment always seems to go a long way and I believe it did with Charles as well, as he said Michigan is now very intriguing to him and he rates his interest level, “From a 1-10, a 9 for sure.”

Charles is built in the exact mold that the coaches seem to love in receivers. At 6’4” and 200+ his body type is a lot like Moe Ways and he plays strong on film. He’s not a burner but he runs well (4.73 Nike SPARQ) for his age and size.

You can check out the first four games of Charles’ season here.



October 27th, 2013 at 1:10 PM ^

No notice ? I can see why some top recruits get tired of getting pulled from class. I would hope Michigan had contacted him prior to the visit to see if there was any interest in meeting.


October 28th, 2013 at 8:24 AM ^

I was a senior in HS in 2009 and Carnegie Mellon's head coach came to my school to talk to me without notice. I know that's a D3 school but I can imagine a D1 school having an even busier schedule and not having time to set up appointments.

I know, cool story, bro... but a lot of times if they're in the neighborhood and someone of interest is close they'll make the stop. 


Brandon Brown

October 27th, 2013 at 11:16 PM ^

A 4.73 at his size and age is very respectable. Very few college guys actually run official sub-4.5's like it says on their rivals page or wherever. This kid recorded his 40 at a SPARQ event which is very accurate. By the time he gets to a college campus he could be anywhere in the 4.4-4..6 range which is really fast.

I saw 5-star RB Elijah Hood in person at a Nike SPARQ event in Charlotte and he ran a 4.56 and it was flying. Guys that run legitimate 4.3's and 4.4's are rare.