A day after losing to Auburn, Tennessee lost one of its highest-rated football commitments.
Bruce Irvin told the News Sentinel via text message he felt more wanted at Arizona State so he committed to be a Sun Devil after his official visit to Tempe this weekend.
“I just felt like ASU wanted me more and I can come in and make an impact,” Irvin texted.
Irvin is considered one of the top junior college prospects in the nation. He committed to UT in May and said he did so, in part, because the Vols were the first to offer him a scholarship.
More recently, Irvin said he hasn’t been happy with his contact from UT. Irvin said he hasn’t heard from UT’s coaches in three weeks.
“UT never called me or showed me any interest like they wanted me before today,” Irvin texted Sunday.
A source close to Irvin’s recruitment said the two parties talk more frequently.
Irvin said he’s excited about the Sun Devils’ plan to utilize him. Irvin said UT had asked the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder to get up to 260 pounds and focus on being a pass-rushing defensive end.
“I can do so much more than just rush the passer,” Irvin texted.
Irvin took an unofficial visit to UT and said he doubts he’ll take an official visit. The Vols will try to convince him otherwise, as verbal commitments are non-binding. However, Irvin plans to enroll in January.
Irvin will have two years of eligibility and a redshirt season, if necessary. He is from Stone Mountain, Ga. He is enrolled at Mt. San Antonio Community College in Walnut, Calif.