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4-star DB Julius Irvin picks up ‘huge’ late offer from Penn State
Penn State isn’t done identifying prospects of interest on the 2018 recruiting trail just yet. The Nittany Lions, carrying a class of 22 signees and one verbal commitment less than four weeks before National Signing Day, went long distance with a scholarship offer on Thursday.
California defensive back Julius Irvin claimed a Penn State offer, providing a late wrinkle in his well-established recruitment.
“This one is huge,” he tweeted.
Considered a top-15 safety and top-200 overall talent in the 247Sports composite rankings for 2018, the Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) High School senior has plenty of collegiate opportunities. Irvin began collecting Power 5 offers before his junior season.
He’s used official visits at Michigan, Notre Dame, Utah and Washington, while USC is also in the mix. Irvin initially intended to select a university during the early signing period (Dec. 20-22) but postponed those plans.
This opened the door for Penn State to at least gauge his interest.
“I’ve been talking to them for almost a month now,” he told Land of 10. “It was definitely a great feeling to receive the offer.”
So why does Irvin consider this a “huge” development?
“I just feel much West Coast talent doesn’t get recruited to the East Coast, so for a program that I’ve been interested in to offer me is huge,” he said.
Irvin, the son of former All-Pro Los Angeles Rams cornerback LeRoy Irvin, said he has family in New Jersey but limited familiarity with America’s eastern region. Still, he doesn’t discount the possibility of eventually viewing Penn State as a legitimate contender.
“Could be a possibility. I would want to take a trip first,” he said.
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Any visit to State College would need to happen soon. Irvin told Land of 10 he will finalize a college choice by the end of January.
Penn State signed three defensive backs in December, including early enrolled safety Isaiah Humphries. The Nittany Lions parted ways with 4-star Philadelphia safety Isheem Young weeks prior to the early signing period after he was arrested in connection with a robbery.
Irvin, a 6-foot-2, 183-pound standout, impressed in Southern California’s talent-laden Trinity League, which produces abundant top-tier recruits on an annual basis. He made an impact in all three phases of the game for Servite this season.
Irvin tallied 52 tackles and 5 interceptions, added 554 receiving yards and 5 touchdown catches, and averaged 16 yards per punt return, according to MaxPreps.
“I feel my aggressiveness and my intelligence is my niche,” he said. “I can cover really well and also be effective in the return game.”
Watch Irvin’s 2017 highlights here:
Nittany Lions add dominant DT Joshua Harris to 2019 board
Penn State extended another offer beyond Big Ten territory on Thursday, targeting North Carolina defensive lineman Joshua Harris. The 6-5, 295-pound junior tackle is nearing a double-digit offer total after an extremely impressive 2017 season.
Harris, a junior at Person (Roxboro, N.C.) High School, recently added Georgia and Virginia Tech to his options. Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State each aim to keep him close to home, while Maryland presents another Big Ten opportunity.
Expect college interest to expand throughout the winter as programs assess his latest campaign, which was nothing short of dominant.
Harris collected 85 tackles — 30 for loss — and 17 sacks, according to InsidePackSports. Watch his 2017 highlights here:
His combination of size and production should result in a widespread recruitment, and in the grand scheme of things, Penn State might have entered the picture relatively early.
Other 2019 Nittany Lions targets at defensive tackle include Antonio Alfano of New Jersey, Jowon Briggs of Ohio and Mazi Smith of Michigan. Ishmael Sopsher, the position’s top-ranked prospect in composite rankings, recently detailed his Penn State interest to Land of 10.
Top-ranked CB Sheridan Jones discusses recruitment, PSU after reclassifying
Sheridan Jones has been among most highly sought-after 2020 prospects since before his freshman season. Now through two prep campaigns at Bishop Sullivan Catholic (Virginia Beach, Va.), the elite cornerback recruit will reclassify as a 2019 class member.
Considered the top-ranked cornerback in 247Sports 2020 rankings, it’s a significant development. His offer list includes Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Ohio State and Tennessee.
The Nittany Lions entered his recruitment in October, and hosted him for a game-day visit soon afterward. Penn State is definitely among programs in focus for Jones, who detailed his decision to reclassify and updated a widespread recruitment Friday afternoon during a discussion with Land of 10.
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