Since Miami native Travaris Robinson joined Florida’s staff as defensive backs coach late in the 2011 recruiting cycle, the Gators have signed a South Florida prospect in every recruiting class.
He has targeted a few prospects again for 2015, one of whom is Tim Irvin of Palmetto Westminster Christian.
The consensus four-star athlete visited UF for Friday Night Lights, where he spent time with Robinson.
“I like him a lot,” Irvin said. “We have a bond that other coaches don’t have with me. Every time I talk to him, we just have a good bond. He’s a really good coach.”
Irvin said Robinson’s Miami upbringing has helped develop their relationship. UF players Quinton Dunbar, Treon Harris and C.J. Worton — all South Florida products — are also recruiting him to Gainesville.
“I see he has a lot of down-south talent out there playing for him now,” Irvin said. “That really is going to help me a lot on my decision.
“I have a lot of players I played with down south who go (to Florida). They tell me a lot about the campus and how the football structure is. So I get a lot of different advice from different players and I just run with it.”
Rivals ranks the 5-foot-9, 190-pounder No. 91 overall in the nation but lists him as an all-purpose running back.
Robinson wants Irvin on the defensive side of the ball.
“He says I can come down and play in the box,” Irvin said. “I’m very aggressive, so as of right now he likes me at strong safety.”
Irvin plans to return to UF for a couple games this fall — and take trips to Clemson, Florida State, Georgia and Ohio State — before he makes his decision at the Army All-American Bowl.
“Florida is a really good program,” he said. “I feel like they’re rebuilding it. They have a great education, so that’s a plus for me and my family.”
One notable member of Irvin’s family is his uncle, Michael Irvin, a former Miami receiver who had a Hall of Fame career with the Dallas Cowboys.
Irvin named the Hurricanes his leader in June followed by LSU and Florida, but he insists that his recruitment is wide open.
“As of right now, I’m open to everyone,” he said. “People ask me if I have a favorite school, but no. I’m open to every school.”