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Fast-Rising 2024 CB Lloyd Irvin III Reevaluating Recruiting Process After Recent String of Offers



When releasing a list of their top schools or finalists, a high school athlete will usually include a disclaimer. ‘Recruitment still 100% open.’

The reason that most do this is they don’t know what the future holds and what offers may come their way.

The last week for Lloyd Irvin III has been a perfect example of that.

Back on May 1, the three-star defensive back from Charles Herbert Flowers High in Maryland released a top six of Maryland, Boston College, Charlotte, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Marshall.

Since that time, Irvin’s recruitment has changed in a big way with the addition of offers from Michigan, Michigan State and Pitt.

Although things have gotten hectic and a lot busier, Irvin is perfectly okay with that and couldn’t be happier.

“It’s definitely been a super surreal week as I’ve been in communication with a lot of schools,” said Irwin. “When I dropped my top six, I think it encouraged a few schools to come check me out in person. Me being a 6-foot-3 cornerback, a lot of schools want to see in person how I move. Being this tall is the downside and schools need to come and see me for themselves in order to check off all the boxes. Pitt, probably like two or three weeks ago, Coach Collins, then Michigan and Michigan State came to watch me work out with their own two eyes. All of those offers I’ve received are definitely earned.”

Technically, Pitt offered Irvin a scholarship today but his communication with the school has been going on for quite some time, including an unofficial visit to Pittsburgh that he made back in March.

“Pitt has been interested in me, and I’ve been interested in them for a long time now,” Irvin said. “I’ve been communicating with the Pitt organization for a while now. Right after my season was over, I was in communication with coach Powell, and we’ve been talking ever since. I’ve been in communication with coach Collins, too. However, they need to see me in person in order to really see how I move. After doing that, coach Collins gave coach Powell the green light for the offer, so coach Powell called me up this morning and told me it’s a done deal and that I have an official full scholarship. It really felt great knowing that it was a real process because a lot of offers that you get come on the spot and this one, I had to work for and truly believe that I earned.

“When I was down there (in March), I had a lot of individual time with the coaches. I sat in the room with Coach Collins. I watched some Pitt tape, and he watched some tape of mine and we talked ball. The other thing that I took away from my visit was the energy in the DB room. That energy was unreal. The guys are like a big old family, having a good time, listening to some music. They were family. Everything from the visit to now has been very exciting when it comes to Pitt.”

Despite his 6-foot-3 frame, Irvin plays cornerback at Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. He believes that with that size, it makes him a unique player. Irvin says that he’s very aggressive and has top-notch coverage skills.

“I’m a 6-foot-3 head-hunting cornerback,” Irvin said. “A lot of people like me at safety because of my tackling ability, but I believe one of my top strengths is my coverage skills. One of the reasons that I believe my recruitment is taking off is that I recently competed at a national skills tournament in Baltimore and all of the top wide receivers were there. In 6 games, I only allowed the receivers that I was covering one catch. I’ve blown up because college coaches have been able to get their eyes on me in person. If you watch my film, there’s not a lot of pass breakups or interceptions because I don’t have the ball thrown my way many times.”

Because of this recent run of offers, Irvin is being careful in scheduling official visits and will use the next few weeks in order to evaluate schools. Irvin says that his only official visit that’s scheduled is to Maryland for the last week in June.

Now that he has an offer, Collins and Powell will no doubt be communicating with Irvin in order to try and get him to use one of his four other official visits to make a return visit to Pittsburgh.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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