Perhaps no recruit has felt the impact of Florida’s coaching change more than Tim Irvin.
The 5-foot-9, 190-pounder from Miami Westminster Christian was officially visiting UF the weekend Will Muschamp got fired.
“That was hard to see,” Irvin said of the trip. “I still had a great visit. The (South Carolina) game was crazy.”
Now Irvin, who is being recruited by the Gators as a defensive back, is trying to build a relationship with the new coaches in Gainesville.
Jim McElwain visited him last Wednesday at his high school with Florida secondary coach Travaris Robinson, Irvin’s primary recruiter.
“He’s a pretty cool dude,” Irvin said of McElwain. “When I met him, he sounded like a great coach and he knows what he’s talking about. I feel like he’s going to rebuild the Gator team.
“He said he needs someone like me to do it. He told me that I could have an impact next year on defense and special teams. I could come in the game at the nickel (position) and have a chance to dominate as a true freshman.”
Irvin doesn’t know much about UF defensive coordinator Geoff Collins, but plans to reach out to him this week.
“I think it was a good hire,” Irvin said. “We haven’t met yet because it’s a dead period, but I’ll talk to him soon and get to know him before my decision.”
The consensus four-star recruit and early enrollee will make his commitment at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 3.
Irvin will decide between Florida, Miami and Texas, but the Gators may have difficulty landing him if they lose Robinson.
“He’ll have a big impact on my decision,” Irvin said. “Me and coach T-Rob have a great chemistry and I want to get coached by him. That means a lot to me.”
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