Name: Deron Irving-Bey
Weight: 271 lbs.
High school: Flint (MI) Southwestern
Position: Defensive end
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Irving-Bey was a senior in high school. He made 79 tackles, 17 TFLs, 15 sacks, 4 FFs, and 3 FRs.
TTB Rating: 59
Irving-Bey looked like a Michigan State lean at one point, but a visit with Greg Mattison seemed to change the dynamic of his recruitment. Then he seemed all but a lock to Michigan, and his public announcement took longer than expected. He committed to Michigan in mid-December and then played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in early January. He did not earn rave reviews during the Army Bowl practice week, and he also wasn’t a standout in the game.
I gave Irving-Bey a final TTB Rating of 59, and I see him topping out as a backup. He has some raw skills, but they have to be developed, and I think there are other guys who will surge past him. Jim Harbaugh is not shy about burning redshirts, and that includes guys who do not seem like instant stars. Especially on the defensive line where having a lot of bodies is a good thing to keep people fresh, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Irving-Bey play this year, but I don’t think he will be an impact contributor. My guess is he’ll redshirt, but it could go either way. At the very least, he has Rashan Gary and Carlo Kemp ahead of him, and there are a couple freshmen who could move ahead of him long-term, too.