While no one is really sure whether the latest big recruit to commit to the University of Washington can play basketball his football talents are known near and far. Julius Irvin, a four-star defensive back from Servite High in Anaheim, California verbally committed to Chris Petersen and his football program Wednesday night improving a recruiting class that was ranked No. 9 in the country and No.1 in the Pac-12.
“This has been a long time coming. I’ve been dreaming of this moment since I was a little kid, and I just felt that Washington was the best place for me to succeed,” Irvin said in a phone interview with the Seattle Times Adam Jude
“A lot of people started coming in late (in the recruiting process), but Washington has been there from the start,” he said. “The biggest thing for me was my happiness. When I was in the locker room at Washington, it was the one I felt like I fit in the most. I really bonded with the guys there. And I just figured if nothing else worked out, at least I could be happy there.”
Irvin is ranked No. 177 overall in the recruiting class of 2018 by 247 Sports. Irvin is the 20th recruit to the Huskies class of 2018 which is the highest-ranked recruiting class in Chris Petersen coaching tenure at Washington.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Irvin played safety, cornerback, receiver and he returned kicks at Servite and earned first-team all-Trinity League recognition in his senior year. Irvin had 52 tackles and five interceptions on defense and added five touchdown catches on offense in 2017.
The Huskies recruited two other defensive backs in this years class, Archbishop Murphy’s Kyler Gordon and Dominique Hampton from Peoria, Ariz. Washington signed 19 recruits during the early signing period in December.