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October 4, 2009One of the elite junior college prospects in the west, Mt. San Antonio Community College rush end Bruce Irvin committed to Arizona State during an official visit to the school over the weekend. Irvin made a switch from a prior commitment to Tennessee.
"The coaches wanted me so bad I could tell," Irvin said. "I saw the fans had posters with my name on it and that hit me.
"ASU said they aren't going to just use me as a rush end. They want to move me around and create mismatches. I might play linebacker some, some at end, just whatever they can do to get me chances to make plays."
Irvin, a 6-foot-3, 235-pounder, is the No. 11 junior college recruit nationally by Rivals.com. He is ranked as the No. 2 linebacker prospect nationally but will play rush end at ASU. There are no junior college defensive end prospects ranked among the Top-10 recruits in the country.
"Coach Lubick was the main coach recruiting me for ASU," Irvin said. "He's the guy I talked to most. He's great. When I told him and the other coaches I wanted to come they were just hugging on me and real excited. I felt it."
Irvin is one of the fastest and most athletic players at his position in the junior college ranks nationally, having clocked consecutive hand-timed 40-yard dashes in 4.37 seconds at a combine earlier this year.
Through four games this season at 3-1 Mt. San Antonio in Walnut, Calif., Irvin said he has eight sacks with 16 tackles for loss and 21 tackles.
Known as a pure pass rusher at defensive end, Irvin will likely immediately impact the depth chart at Arizona State following the departure of senior Dexter Davis.
Irvin played receiver and defensive back at Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga., and later, safety at Mt. San Antonio before being moved to rush end.