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Irvin back to square one

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Rich Rodriguez's decision to take the Michigan affects a number of people nationwide. But one recruit that immediately is in a bind if Coffeyville (Kan.) Coffeyville C.C. three-star cornerback Blair Irvin.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder was expecting to sign with West Virginia on Wednesday along with teammate Larry Ford on the first day that mid-term junior college prospects can sign letters of intent. But now both Ford and Irvin are left with more questions than answers.
"I just woke up and had this voice mail saying coach was taking the Michigan offer," Irvin, the nation's No. 48 junior college player, said.
"I honestly am not sure what to think right now. I really need to go and think some things over. I had heard yesterday that Michigan made an offer to him, but the last I heard was he was only thinking about it. Now I need to figure some things out."
Then minutes later, Irvin called Rivals.com back to say he no longer considered himself part of the West Virginia class.
"I just want to let you and everybody know that I am officially de-committing from West Virginia," he said. "It was shocking man how this went down. I was hearing the rumors and everything, but I thought it might have been just other schools trying to get me and then when I heard the news this morning I just couldn't believe it.
"I didn't think that he would actually leave and honestly I am just shocked right now."
Irvin does have other options. He was originally placed at Coffeyville by Auburn and it looked like he was heading to play for the Tigers, but he found out he was one math class credit shy of being eligible to play in the SEC. He could still try to take that class and possibly end up with Auburn.
Another option is to pick Kansas State, the school he visited back on Nov. 16. Like West Virginia, Irvin would be immediately eligible to play for the Wildcats. Louisiana Tech also offered him early on and he's originally from Patterson, La., so he is familiar with the Tech program.
"I need to go back and re-look at some things and figure out what I am going to do," he said. "I am not really sure if some of these other schools like Auburn have moved on after I picked West Virginia, so this has really put me into a tight spot because I have to have my decision by Wednesday.
"You know I turned all of these schools down so now it's kind of tough to figure this all out. I have already heard from a couple of schools that are still interested like Kansas St and Louisiana Tech. But I mean I just got married yesterday and now I have to figure this out again so I just need a little time to think about it all."
Irvin originally signed with LSU in the class of 2002 out of Patterson, La. He played AAA and AA baseball with the Marlins and Devil Rays before deciding to come back to football in 2006. He has three years to play two at the next level.
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