Mustang, Okla. linebacker Cory Irwins has been quick to catch the attention of college coaches at 6-3, 220 pounds. However, just as he appears to be primed to break out obstacles get in his way.
"I only played three games last year," Irwins said. "I tore some stuff in my shoulder so I had surgery and then I sat out."
This summer college coaches received a preview of what to expect when he attended their camps, and while he says the shoulder is not back to 100-percent he is quick to say it is "good". Now, he is ready to hit the field, and college coaches are waiting anxiously to get a look too.
"I'm comfortable with everything," Irwins said. "I haven't really talked to anybody because the season just started. I don't have any offers yet. They're waiting for a couple of games first and then I'll get the offers. I'm taking a visit to OSU pretty soon and OU too. I haven't set up the OU one yet."
Right now he plans to attend games in Stillwater, Okla. when the Cowboys face Texas and again when the Cowboys host TCU. In addition to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State he mentioned interest from Oregon, Oregon State and Tulsa. Out of the schools showing interest, three are showing the most attention.
"OSU they send me letters and invite me to camps and talk to my coach all the time," Irwins said. "Oregon St. they've talked to me a few times this summer and they said they were planning to offer me but they want some film first."
Growing up, he admits he was a Sooner fan, but as the recruiting process has gone along it is Oklahoma State who is standing out.
"Oklahoma State, they've shown more interest and had me at their school more," Irwins said. I've been around their players and coaches more than anyone else's."