ESA: What has your transition been like from high school to college from an academic and baseball standpoint?
Irvin: Academically the biggest transition was getting into a routine. Once I figured out how to balance academics with my baseball and social lives everything became much easier.
As for baseball, you are experiencing a much bigger commitment than you’re probably used to. There’s a much bigger workload, better competition, and a lot of things to balance at one time. Being able to experience it all with the other freshman makes it a lot easier because they are going through the same thing and you can lean on each other for help.
ESA: What have been your keys to success since you have arrived to campus?
Irvin: Work hard all the time. Understand that you are always privileged and never entitled. Take advantage of the opportunities presented to you and use the resources around you to help you reach your full potential.
ESA: Explain the demands of being a college baseball player while going to school?
Irvin: School and baseball will take up almost all of your time. Being an athlete you have to accept that you are going to have to make social sacrifices. Having practice and workouts makes study time limited, but you have to take advantage of the time you do have any make sure you are taking care of your academics so that you don’t carry any burden of school onto the field.
ESA: What is the biggest difference from high school to college baseball?
Irvin: In high school, you can make mistakes and get away with them. In college, the opposing team will take advantage of your mistakes. Learning to minimize the mistakes you make is definitely the biggest difference.
ESA: What drives you?
Irvin: Knowing that I have the opportunity to make a living out of something I love to do. It’s an opportunity not many people get, so I want to make the most of it.
Also, I want to succeed for my family. They put their support behind me all the time, and being able to give back to them is a great feeling.
ESA: What is your best piece of advice you could give to high school baseball players who want to play in college?
Irvin: Work hard and understand that you are being given an opportunity that many people wish to have. Control the things that you can to become the best player and have the best experience possible.
ESA: Do you have a defining moment you remember on the field where you felt the emotions of, “wow, this is incredible?”
Irvin: junior year of high school when we beat Lakeville North in the section undefeated championship. The whole game was exciting and the crowd was awesome. Best atmosphere of any game I’ve been a part of.
ESA: How did Elite help you get to where you are at?
Irvin: I flew under the radar my junior year but Justin Musil approached me and told me he saw a ton of potential in my game. He got my name out to a lot of colleges and I was being scouted almost immediately. I took care of what needed to be done on the field, and he took care of recruiting. Without Elite’s help, I wouldn’t have been given the wide range of exposure I experienced during recruiting.
ESA: How did the Elite service help you maximize your exposure and offers?
Irvin: Before Elite, I hadn’t heard from any colleges. Elite helped me get into certain showcases and play in certain tournaments where a lot of big name schools were able to see me play. Putting me in the right places and talking to the right coaches allowed me to have a lot of different options for college.