3-Star OG Jalil Irvin Discusses Auburn Commitment, Potential Position Change

    Three-star offensive lineman Jalil Irvin committed to Auburn on Wednesday, and he spoke to Campus Insiders regarding his commitment to the Tigers.

    March 8, 2017

    Three-star offensive lineman Jalil Irvin committed to Auburn on Wednesday, and he spoke to Campus Insiders regarding his commitment to the Tigers. 


    The second time around, Jalil Irvin got a different feeling. When he committed to Michigan in June, it took less than three months for the 3-star offensive lineman to decommit from the Wolverines.

    Then when the Stone Mountain, Georgia native committed to Auburn on Wednesday, it felt as though it was meant to be.

    “It just felt right, and I felt at home there,” Irvin told Campus Insiders of his Auburn pledge. “It was the best decision for me. It feels great [to join the class]. The coaches, the vibe, the campus and facilities. Everything is great.”

    The coaching staff, academics and comfort level all contributed to Irvin’s decision to choose the Tigers over additional offers from Arkansas, Georgia, Miami, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.

    Offensive line coach Herb Hand and recruiting coordinator Larry Porter have been the ones leading the charge in his recruitment, but it was the reaction from Gus Malzahn that brought a smile to Irvin’s face when the 3-star prospect told the Auburn head coach he was committed to War Eagle.

    “He was happy,” Irvin said with a laugh. “He said I made his day. It meant a lot.”

    What will make Malzahn even more jubilant is the team-first mentality Irvin carries. The Auburn staff has mentioned the possibility of moving Irvin out to offensive tackle. Despite the fact he played offensive tackle as a junior last season, his comfort zone is inside at guard. It’s okay, though, because Irvin is willing to do whatever is in the team’s best interest.

    “[They told me], ‘We need you to fit right in our system.’ I will start off inside, but Coach Hand said, with my athleticism, I can move out to tackle. I would prefer [to stay] inside, but I have to do what is best for the team,” Irvin said.

    After signing three offensive linemen in the 2017 class, Auburn will need to sign a few in the 2018 cycle to provide a little depth. Irvin will do that and bring a first-rate attitude to the Tigers’ locker room.

    MORE: 5-Star DT Taron Vincent Deciding Between Two Programs

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