When it comes to the recent 7on7 passing tournament circuit, no player has been as hot as Trent Irwin. And with all of his new-found success, not surprisingly, the Class of 2015 recruit from Newhall (Calif.) Hart has started to emerge as potentially one of the more hot commodities around on the West Coast.
The 6-foot-2 and 185-pound receiver has a scholarship on the table from Colorado, although it appears as if some Pac-12 Conference counterparts are becoming more and more interested in Irwin. Nevertheless, the work put in by Troy Walters & Co. thus far figures to benefit the Buffaloes in the long run.
“I've been talking with Colorado a lot, and coach Walters, I'm hearing good things from them,'' Irwin said. “You never forget about your first scholarship. I'm excited about what the program has to offer.”
Oregon State and Washington have been in contact with him. Stanford, UCLA and USC have expressed varied levels of interest as well. Each of the aforementioned schools, however, seems to be merely testing the waters and hasn't put much pressure on Irwin. Also worth mentioning, Michigan is in the mix.
“Recruiting is picking up for me, and I like UCLA, I just don't if that team plans to offer me anytime soon. Plus, I'm still young, a sophomore, so it could happen in the future, not sure though,” Irwin said. “Coach Jim Mora and all his assistants have turned that program around. The Bruins are a good team.''
Irwin has benefited from recently going up against the nation's premier players. Matters have been helped by the fact fellow underclassmen and quarterback Brady White from Newhall (Calif.) Hart has been throwing him the ball when Irwin is one-on-one with top-notch cornerbacks in the Class of 2014.
Whether it be in practice or game-time situations, Irwin has been challenged by Naijiel Hale from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, Jonathan Lockett from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, Denzel Fisher from Compton (Calif.) Centennial and John Plattenburg Jr. from Corona (Calif.) Centennial, among others.
“This is an important time for me and with the whole recruiting process,'' Irwin said. “In order to the be the best, you have to play against the best, that's what I'm doing. That's why I'm going to tournaments and trying to get better each week. You can never rest. I want to get my name out there, that's my goal.''
Mission accomplished. Irwin has emerged as a recruit to keep an eye on from the West Coast. Colorado knows this better than most given its interest. He's certainly a target of the Buffs. Based on the way he's performed on the passing tournament scene, Irwin appears to be a target of multiple programs.