On Thursday Jan. 30, Senior Harold Irby III announced his commitment to Saginaw Valley State University which is located in Kochville, Michigan. He accepted the full ride scholarship in hopes to continue his schooling to become a nurse and advance his football career. Irby had 9 offers from various schools, but thought Saginaw Valley would be the best fit for him.
Although it is great to have so many offers, Irby had to decline eight others which can be a nerve-racking process.
Irby added. “I wasn’t necessarily nervous to decline the other offers, but I definitely felt bad because some coaches took so much time recruiting me, so it was sad to lose some of those relationships.”
Irby has been playing football since he was seven years old and continued his career into high school as a four year varsity starter.
Coach Patrick Threet stated, “I was not surprised he chose Saginaw Valley, they have a great football program. The other schools that offered him are also great schools that have great football programs, so I don’t think he could’ve made a bad choice either way. He made a great decision because Harold made the decision.”
Senior, Isaiah Robinson and Harold Irby have been playing football together since they were 10, when they joined the East Detroit Tiger Cats. They will both continue their careers together when they attend Saginaw Valley in the fall.
Robinson said, “I was happy for him and was looking forward to seeing where his career would take him. We’ve played together since we were little kids, so it’s cool to see how we went from pee wee football all the way up to college. I am very excited and am looking forward to continuing playing with him.”
With the many offers Irby had, he had the tough decision of choosing a college with the best football fit and academic programs that would set him up for the best possible future.
Harold Irby Jr., father Irby III, stated, “I was very happy, proud, and excited for him when I found out he would be attending Saginaw. I think it will be a great fit for him because they have everything available for him to exceed as a nurse and a football player.”
All of Irby’s friends and family had positive things to say about him and his future. The consensus was that he had made the best decision for him and that they all wished the best for him and his future.