Hello From The Future: Jalil Irvin Comment Count

Ace June 3rd, 2016 at 11:01 AM

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: 

Irvin is Michigan's third commit in the 2018 class, joining Springfield (OH) teammates Antwuan Johnson and Leonard Taylor.


Scout Rivals ESPN 247 247 Comp

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.


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.


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.


It now has three people in it.



June 3rd, 2016 at 11:33 AM ^

When I click on the 247 links for Taylor & Johnson, I'm seeing N/A in terms of the rankings, yet on the blog here it lists them as as .9916 and .9374 respectively.  Curious where we got that from?

Also, welcome aboard Jalil!  Great start to the class, but man 2018 is a long ways away....


EDIT:  Nevermind-with additionl clicking I found it.


June 3rd, 2016 at 11:31 AM ^

I only saw the blue in his shirt (not the yellow) and thought, man this kid has some skinny arms for 0-line.  Trust the coaches.

Welcome Jalil.   Happy to have you and your large arms.


June 3rd, 2016 at 12:06 PM ^

Ohio, Ohio, Georgia.

Can't get off to any better of a start than this. 2018 will finally be a real battle for Ohio recruits. And the results of this season will probably play heavily into the minds of these kids. So much at stake this year on the field for Harbaugh. Beat OSU and we could almost walk away with the #1 recruiting class in 2018. 


June 3rd, 2016 at 2:50 PM ^

you got that High School info Ace, but Stephenson has long been a football power in the Atlanta area.  They've produced many D-1 players, some who played on LSU and Florida national championship teams.


June 3rd, 2016 at 3:41 PM ^

That's all that showed up in their database. I should look for another way to find that info. The redesign screwed up so, so much on that site. Couldn't include a couple articles in the Malone-Hatcher commitment post because the redesign rendered them completely unreadable.


June 3rd, 2016 at 9:37 PM ^

As a person familiar with this schools talent they have produced at least 8 D1 recruits before this recurring cycle. Mike Thornton -UGA, Mike Davis, kadetrix Marcus,Ali Groves, DJ Neal-South Carolina, Jonathan Wynn, Kenneth Ladler, Darreon Herring- Vanderbilt, Tyrone Cornelius, Raphael Kirby- Miami Demarcus Sweat, Jabari Johnson, Ronnie Shields, Raymond Sanders-Kentucky and Montez Sweat-MSU. and that's just since 2010. They have great talent!