Houston (Texas) Cy-Fair finished 0-10 in 2009 and the team was picked by most to be at the bottom of the ten-team District 17-5A this past year as well. That wasn't the case, though, as the Bobcats surprised everyone by finishing as co-district champions and a trip to the second round of the state playoffs.
One of the main reasons for the team's success was one of the better offenses in the area. Leading the way for the Bobcats was offensive tackle Jeromy Irwin. The 6-foot-5, 289-pound junior was a unanimous first-team all-district selection and is starting to get noticed by a number of colleges.
"I'm hearing from colleges," Irwin said. "I'm hearing from (Texas) A&M, Alabama, K-State, Kansas. U of H, they came up and visited my school. I called one of their coaches. I went to Texas' camp. Purdue sends me stuff. So does Nebraska.
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"A bunch of people are writing. I have some stuff from (Texas A&M head coach) Mike Sherman that is handwritten."
Irwin is still waiting on the first offer to come his way.
"Last summer I was talking to the A&M line coach and he asked me if I had ever been offered," he said. "I think he really liked me. That's about it. I haven't really gotten any offers yet or talked to anybody about offers just yet."
Irwin recently visited an in-state school for a junior day and came away impressed.
"I went to an A&M junior day," he said. "I got invited to a lot of other ones but some of them were far away like Nebraska and Kansas State. I just didn't have the time to go up there for the weekend.
"I really liked it at A&M. It was very informative. I liked the program and the way they handle athletics, especially the way they put academics first. I talked to the position coach one-on-one this summer but I didn't get a chance to this time. I'm going back up there for some spring practices though."
Though Irwin only plays offense for Cy-Fair, he would like a chance to play on the other side of the ball as well.
"I would like to play defensive tackle," he said, "but most schools have me listed as an offensive tackle. Dave Campbell's had me listed as a DT. I've asked my coach to play both ways. I don't think he necessarily wants me to because of the possibility of injury. He's going to get me in on some plays next year and definitely on the field goal block unit."
As far as favorite schools, the big lineman does admit that one stands out at the moment. However, he says a commitment is not likely to come in the near future.
"I would say A&M," Irwin said as to his top school. "I mean, I don't think I'm going to make a decision hear anytime soon. I'll probably take some visits, see where I want to go, check out what they have to offer and everything - athletically and academically."
Irwin's twin brother, Sean Irwin, is a standout tight end for Cy-Fair and also earned first-team all-district honors this past season.