It’s been over 30 years since wide receiver Michael Irvin dazzled on the gridiron for the Miami Hurricanes, but his connection with The U will live on forever. His son — tight end Michael Irvin II — has done all he can to follow in his father’s footsteps, but his days in South Florida might actually be over.
As the Hurricanes and head coach Manny Diaz began spring practices, the 6-foot-3, 234-pound redshirt senior has been noticeably absent. The rumors swirled and now the Hall of Famer’s son will enter the NCAA Transfer Portal, according to CaneSport.
That doesn’t mean Irvin would leave the Miami football program for good, but it definitely seems very possible at the moment.
Michael Irvin II Transferring From Miami
Michael Irvin II has never been a big part of the Miami offense. He only caught two passes for 33 yards last year and has recorded 11 catches for 111 yards during his NCAA college football career with no touchdowns. However, losing the son of a legacy could be a tough pill to swallow for the ACC program.
Of course, it was going to be hard to live up to the unfair outside expectations. After all, Michael Irvin lit up defenses for three years at the University of Miami before becoming an NFL superstar for the Dallas Cowboys and entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Michael Irvin II definitely gave it a shot, though. He played on special teams as a freshmen, started three games as a sophomore, missed the entire regular season with a knee injury the next year, and came back to start three games last season.
A former three-star recruit from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Irvin had big-time offers from Georgia, Michigan, SMU, Syracuse, UCF, and Wake Forest during his recruitment back in 2016. Perhaps one of those schools will come calling again or more Power 5 schools will enter the mix.
Michael Irvin II can always return to Miami, but it very well could be the end of an era.