The last time UF offered an in-state defensive end named Joey, Mr. Bosa bolted from St. Thomas Acquinas to become a Buckeye.
The Gators are now going after another Joey — Joey Ivie. And while the unranked Ivie is not as coveted as Bosa, the nation’s No. 2 DE in 2013, they still have a lot in common besides their first name.
They’re both from the Sunshine State, they have similar playing styles, their measurables are almost identical and they could probably pass for brothers.
And like Bosa, Ivie now has a Florida offer.
After being evaluated by UF defensive coordinator Dan Quinn last week, Ivie spoke with head coach Will Muschamp Monday morning and started off his week wonderfully.
“I got on the phone with coach Muschamp and he offered me a scholarship,” Ivie said. “He told me that he wants me to be a Gator and he was pretty excited about it.”
For the Dade City Pasco prospect, a life-long Florida fan, it was more than exciting for him and his family.
“It was overwhelming for me,” he said. “I grew up a Gator fan so it’s a pretty big offer. My grandma called everybody and told them. A lot of my family graduated from Florida, so they were excited because I could be a Gator. To think that I might play for the team that I grew up watching is pretty neat.”
That neatness has put UF in the drivers seat for his services, even though he won’t release a leaderboard until the summer.
“My doors are still open to a lot of colleges, but Florida is the top team for me,” Ivie said. “I was there three weeks ago and it went very well. It was cool because I was the only (recruit) visiting, so I got to spend a lot of one-on-one time with the coaches. It was very inspiring and special. I definitely had a great time and it’s only an hour and a half away.”
The 6-foot-4, 270-pounder will return to Gainesville in June for summer camp, and he also has a handful of other trips planned before he makes a decision.
“I’ll be going to Auburn, Tennessee, Georgia and the in-state schools,” Ivie said. “I need to look at all those colleges and go to a couple camps. I’d like to wait until I can take some official visits in September, but I’ll probably commit earlier than that.”
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