The second day of this year's satellite camp tour has already produced a commitment. After a premature report leaked out yesterday, 2018 Stone Mountain (GA) Stephenson OG Jalil Irvin made his pledge public this morning:
— Jalil Irvin (@only1_lil) June 3, 2016
Irvin is Michigan's third commit in the 2018 class, joining Springfield (OH) teammates Antwuan Johnson and Leonard Taylor.
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Irvin is flying under the radar to this point. He didn't have a Scout profile until his commitment. None of the other three sites have ranked him. That should change following his Michigan pledge; for now, there's little to go on.
The sites agree that Irvin projects to guard, which makes sense given his size: 247 lists him at 6'3", 245 pounds, ESPN at 6'3", 273, and Rivals at 6'4", 265. Unless Irvin grows a couple inches before entering college, he should be ticketed for the interior of the offensive line.
For now, there's only one available report on Irvin. Rivals' Woody Wommack named him one of the standout underclassmen at the RCS Atlanta camp in April:
Irvin’s underclassman teammate at Stephenson, Dylan Wonnum, won overall offensive line MVP honors but Irvin wasn’t far behind him when it came to total rep wins during one-on-ones. The 6-foot-3, 273-pounder is more of a true guard, but he showed excellent footwork and strong hands while handling bigger defensive linemen.
So: is a guard, good feet, strong hands.
We do have a short sophomore highlight reel, which I'll put here given the dearth of information:
I mostly agree with Wommack. Irvin displays excellent quickness, especially when working his way to the second level, and he's a good puller for a high school prospect. When he fires out low and gets his hands into defensive linemen, they tend to move backwards, though it's apparent he'll need to add strength before college—there are a couple plays in there where he gets stonewalled after initiating contact.
Irvin is not a camp offer; he added his Michigan offer last month, then committed to the coaches after watching the Atlanta satellite camp. Irvin also holds offers from Illinois and Tulane.
Stephenson has produced two D-I commits in the Rivals era (2002-present), both in the 2017 class: three-star safety Carlito Gonzalez (Auburn) and three-star DE Aaron Sterling (Alabama).
Is OL, no stats.
FAKE 40 TIME
ESPN lists a 40 time of 5.61 seconds, which could be worrisome if Irvin didn't move so well in his film. Short-range burst is the bigger concern with offensive linemen.
PREDICTION BASED ON FLIMSY EVIDENCE
Irvin said right in his commitment announcement that he'll still take other visits, so this indeed involved a lot of projection—as other programs pursue Irvin in earnest, Michigan will have to fight to hold onto him.
Since Irvin is an offensive lineman, it's safe to project a redshirt, and he'll likely spend a couple more years developing on the bench behind Ben Bredeson, Michael Onwenu, Stephen Spanellis, and the interior linemen Michigan land in the 2017 class. Irvin is a guard unless he hits a late growth spurt.
UPSHOT FOR THE REST OF THE CLASS
It now has three people in it.