Gators add defensive lineman to '13 class
Published: Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 5:52 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 5:52 p.m.
Florida football coach Will Muschamp picked up defensive lineman Joey Ivie following Saturday’s minicamp, giving him two verbal commitments in the last three days.
The 6-foot-4, 270-pounder from Dade City Pasco chose UF over offers from 23 other schools, including Florida State, Miami and Tennessee.
“I grew up a Gator fan and I'm very comfortable at Florida,” Ivie said. “Coming here just felt like the right move so I pulled the trigger.”
Ivie took a few out-of-state trips during his recruiting process, but ultimately said Gainesville was where he wanted to be.
“Other places are a little overwhelming, but being here at the University of Florida ... I just felt comfortable. I want to feel like I’m at home, and at the end of the day I felt Florida was home.”
Ivie said he was amazed at the NFL experience of UF defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and defensive line coach Bryant Young and enjoyed learning from them during his workout.
“I felt comfortable around them,” Ivie said. “I felt like they’re great guys, great mentors and people I know I want to be around for the next four years. So I definitely love the Gators right now.”
Ivie is Florida’s second defensive line commit, joining Crescent City defensive tackle Caleb Brantley. Rivals.com rates Ivie as a four-star defensive end, but he will play both end and tackle for UF.
Ivie is described by scouts as a high-motor player who is an active interior pass rusher and a physical wrap-up tackler.
“They should see disruptiveness,” Ivie said when asked what fans can expect from him. “I want to use my size and speed to cause damage and just do what I can do to the best of my ability.”
UF now has 17 members in its 2013 class. Verbal commitments are not binding until prospects sign their national letters of intent.
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