Former Auburn defensive back Tim Irvin believes he’s found a place where he can flourish.
“I am very excited to announce that I will be playing for East Carolina. #PirateNation,” Irvin tweeted Tuesday.Irvin told 247 Sports he plans on enrolling before his new team opens camp at the beginning of August. After sitting out the 2016 season as a transfer, he will have three years of eligibility remaining.
"East Carolina is getting a guy that's going to dominate,” Irvin said to the recruiting website. “I'm a great guy that's going to bring leadership and help rebuild Pirate Nation."
East Carolina finished 5-7 under then head coach Ruffin McNeill last season, who was fired in December.
The program hired former Duke offensive coordinator Scottie Montgomery as his replacement. Montgomery brought on Irvin’s uncle Sedrick Irvin on the Pirates staff as an offensive analyst.
“It's a place I can play right away,” Irvin said. “I can come in and work and compete with the other guys. They can help me reach my goals and get to the next level."
The 5-foot-9, 194-pound sophomore was expected to compete for playing time at safety and nickel for Auburn, but revealed his plans to leave the Plains in May.
“I want to thank Auburn University for the time I was here and I appreciate the coaches and the fans. It was a great journey but it will be better for me to pursue my career elsewhere. #Wareagle,” Irvin tweeted.
The Florida native played in 10 games last season as a freshman and finished the season with 18 tackles and two pass deflections.