Print and Go Back ESPN.com: Stanford Football [Print without images]

Monday, March 10, 2014
Early Offer: The unstoppable Irwin

By Jeremy Crabtree

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: California wide receiver Trent Irwin showed he’s among the nation’s best players at Sunday’s Nike Football Training Camp, and UCLA has a major need at the running back spot and will probably have to look all over the country to fill it.

Irwin deserves more attention

ESPN Junior 300 receiver Trent Irwin (Newhall, Calif./Hart) won’t pass the eyeball test as the most physically impressive-looking receiver in the country, but with the way he played at Sunday’s Nike camp at Redondo (Calif.) Union High School, he proved he more than belonged with the best receivers. Irwin drew a lot of hoots and hollers from camp coaches, other players and fans in the stands for his precise route running and stick-like-glue hands. If you threw the ball in Irwin’s direction, he caught it. Somehow he didn’t win the MVP award for receivers, but even other players knew he was the camp's best at the position. “He got robbed,” one camper said. “That guy toasted everybody.” Irwin, the No. 36-ranked receiver in the 2015 class, does have some solid offers from Arizona State, California, Colorado, Indiana, Penn State, Stanford and Washington, but it’s not quite the type of offer list you would expect from somebody who excelled that much at the camp. Here’s betting once word of his performance gets out and more coaches check him out during the spring evaluation process, his list will blossom.

UCLA's major need

All signs are pointing toward top-ranked 2015 quarterback Josh Rosen (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) committing to UCLA on March 20, and when he comes off the board, look for running back to become the No. 1 position of need for the Bruins in the 2015 class. “We have to get a get a big-time running back,” a UCLA assistant said. “We have recruited so well at all of the other positions, and we have a great young offensive line, so a running back is a must for us in this class.” The bad news for the Bruins is that it doesn’t appear like there is an elite, nationally recruited running back in California in 2015. UCLA has offered Bolu Olorunfunmi (Clovis, Calif./North) and Malik Roberson (Gardena, Calif./Serra), and both players are solid, but neither looks like the four- or five-star back the Bruins covet. So look for UCLA to scour the nation for somebody who fits its needs at the position. An out-of-state name to keep an eye on is Tristian Houston (Galena Park, Texas/North Shore), but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him stick closer to home and pick Texas.