Last Friday afternoon Florida Gators defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson visited safety prospect Tim Irvin (5-8, 182, Palmetto Bay, FL Westminster Christian) for his high school game and the visit gave Irvin an extra kick of confidence.
“It went good,” Irvin said. “It was awesome to see Coach T-Rob come to my game. I feel like it got me amped up for the game. I felt like it gave me some extra energy to play well in front of him.”
Irvin and Robinson have built quite the relationship as the two talk several times a week as Robinson continues to remind the safety of how the Gators could use him in their defense.
“I talk to Coach T-Rob a lot, I feel like me and him have a good bond,” Irvin said. “I think we have a good relationship with each other. He tells me that he sees me as a Matt Elam type of safety in the Florida defense. He thinks that I can come in and impact the team and play as a freshman.”
Not only does Irvin talk to Robinson but he talks weekly to Will Muschamp who also has a message for the talented safety prospect.
“Coach Muschamp said he likes how aggressive I am and how I’m always around the ball,” Irvin said. “He tells me that he wants me a lot and that I can play early at Florida.”
Three weeks ago Irvin had the chance to come to Gainesville to watch the Florida Gators take on Kentucky and he left impressed.
“The Kentucky game was good, I feel like Florida is a great place,” Irvin said. “I love the environment, the campus and really everything that they showed me. They have a great thing going on up there.”
During the game Irvin watched the Florida defense and also studied the depth chart as he wants to play early in college.
“Florida is losing Jabari Gorman so that’s a plus to me that I could play quick,” Irvin said. “I like they way they are using their schemes and getting a lot of guys on the field so those things are big to me.”
Next up for Irvin is likely to be a return trip to see the Florida Gators before he embarks on his official visits.
“Most likely I’m going to be back up for the LSU game,” Irvin said. “I know I’m taking an official visit to West Virginia on the 30th and I know I’m going to take one to Florida and Georgia. Those are the only three I have right now.”
Unlike most prospects Irvin doesn’t have a lot of time left to take visits and ponder a decision as his signing day is sooner than most.
“I’m graduating early so I have to make my decision pretty soon,” Irvin said. “I’m going to announce at the Under Armour All-American game in January.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Right now Florida is the top school as Miami seems to have faded a little bit for Irvin. The Gators just have to continue to recruit Irvin hard as he goes on his official visits. The Gators are likely to get the last official visit in November or December.