Michael Irvin Jr., a 6-foot-2, 195-pound wide receiver from Plano (Texas) Prestonwood Christian Academy had a breakout freshman season for the Lions (8-4), hauling in 39 receptions for 367 yards and four scores.
“I just took in things that learned from the older guys -- like Christian Morgan (Ole Miss TE signee, 2013) -- and I just had a lot of fun and gained a little more experience for this year,” Irvin Jr. informed.
The Class of 2016 recruit is the son of former Dallas Cowboys star and current NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin Sr., one of the most prolific receivers in the history of the NCAA and the NFL.
Irvin Jr.’s receiver lineage is strong, but he quickly found out excelling at the position was going to be “all about work” and his dad was not going to be able to say any magic words to turn him in to ‘The Playmaker’.
He says you can find him most days working with his father to get better at his craft. Running the stairs at the stadium or just working on his routes and catching balls.
“There were not words of advice,” Irvin Jr. said as he remembered when he got the call to start at receiver.
“He just came out with me every single day and worked out, like always. He brings me out here. We work hard. We come out here and run these stairs all of the time.”
“I just work real hard with my dad. He always tells me I have got to work hard and I try to get off the ball fast, as fast as I can. I want to get off the ball even faster. I am trying to get faster and I am trying to get better at running my routes.”
It’s a little early for Irvin Jr. on the recruiting front, but D1 schools have already started to express interest.
“Texas Tech has talked with me and Oregon too,” Irvin Jr. reported. “I have gotten a few camp recognitions from Cincinnati and places like that, but not many other things.”
Miami (FL), the school his father helped lead to a National Championship in 1987, obviously holds a special place in his heart.
“Just the legacy,” Irvin Jr. answered when asked what stands out about the Hurricane. “I just love the whole atmosphere about the campus and everything about it.”
“I know my dad is talking to them -- like always -- but I have not heard from them that much.”