Former Miami tight end Michael Irvin II, son of former Hurricanes star and NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin Sr., shared on Twitter that he will play his final season of eligibility at FAU. Irvin II previously announced his transfer from Miami (FL) in March.
“I have had a riddled college football career so far, which is why I have made this decision very carefully,” he wrote. “With that being said, I have learned a lot and would not change my experience and the relationships I have made throughout the process. I’m thankful for everything that I have been able to do. After a number of discussions with my family, we believe that I have been granted an opportunity that I can’t pass up. I have decided I will spend my last year of college football as an FAU Owl.”
Irvin II had just two catches for 33 yards for the Hurricanes last season and just nine catches for 78 yards in 2017. He sat out most of the 2018 season recovering from a knee injury. He was a three-star prospect in the Class of 2016 out of high school powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
“I would like to thank recruiting coach [Raymond] Woodie. for starting this recruiting process with me,” Irvin II wrote. “Also to coach [Willie} Taggart for making me feel comfortable with the move and coach [tight ends coach Jaron] Fairmon for making the communication easy. I have received unparalleled amounts of love from the staff and I am extremely excited to start this new chapter of my life.”
Taggart, who replaced Lane Kiffin after Kiffin took the Ole Miss job, will be looking to fill the void left by former FAU tight end Harrison Bryant.
Bryant won the John Mackey Award given to the nation’s top tight end last season after catching 65 passes for 1,004 yards and seven touchdowns. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.