Gator Prospectus: DL Joey Ivie

Ivie had nine total tackles, one sack and a safety in just one half of play for Pasco.

This is the fourth profile in the Gator Prospectus series covering Florida’s 2013 in-state commits.

Name: Joey Ivie
June 16
Dade City Pasco
Position: Defensive lineman
Height/Weight: 6-foot-4, 275 pounds
Scouting Report: Ivie is a versatile lineman that lines up at end, tackle and as a stand up rusher for Pasco. Doesn’t have a great first step, but can jump the snap well and once he does it’s over for the offense. Has a high motor and change-of-direction to chase down ball carries and the wrap up ability to finish the play. Also has the toughness to take on blockers and can push the line backward — even when double teamed — with his strength. Recruited by Florida to play strongside defensive end, but will also shift inside in some third down situations. Still needs to work on his technique and pad level as well as figure out his future position. Currently a tweener and will put on more pounds and mass under UF strength coach Jeff Dillman. Could grow into a tackle given his size and interior skills.
For The Game: It didn’t take long for Ivie to make his presence felt against 5A-6 district opponent New Port Richey Gulf. The UF commit caused a safety on the game’s opening possession and it was a blowout from there. The Pirates jumped out to a 29-0 lead in the first quarter and Ivie started off the second with a sack. He finished with nine tackles in the first half and made several third down stops for the defense. Pasco went into the locker room up 49-0 and Ivie was done for the night. There was a running clock in the second half and the game was called midway through the fourth quarter after an injured Gulf player had to be carted off the field. The final score was 63-0 and Pasco improved to 3-0 on the season.
Video: Click HERE for my interview with Ivie after the game.
Quotable: “Joey is Joey. First off, he’s a good student and he understands the need to be one. That’s how he’s able to enroll early at Florida. But he’s a great asset and a great football player. We move him all over the defensive line. He plays end, plays tackle, rushes the quarterback and stops the run for us. Last year he was 240, now he’s 275 and still fast. He runs in the 4.8 range at his size. So he’s a great athlete as well. He will play well at Florida with a little bit of tweaking of technique from the coaches, but whatever they demand of him he’ll do it.” — Dade City Pasco coach Tom Mchugh
Notable: Scheduled to enroll early at Florida; will officially visit UF on Dec. 8; rated a four-star prospect by; named the 12th best defensive lineman at the Rivals/VTO camp in May; average rank by recruiting services that list him as an end — No. 16 positionally and No. 44 overall in the state of Florida; ranked No. 15 positionally and No. 41 in-state by Rivals, No. 17 positionally and 48 in-state by 247Sports.

For a recap of the top performances in Week 4 by members of Florida’s 2013 class, click HERE.

Up next week on the Gator Prospectus — UF running back commit Kelvin Taylor.

Previous profiles:
DB Nick Washington
DT Caleb Brantley
LB Quinton Powell


  1. I really like the upside to this kid. I have seen a lot of film on him and he really gets after it on every play. I know we would really like to get Gilmore, but if he doesn’t decide to come I still think the Brantley/Ivie duo will be great in the future. To me he is one of the most underrated players on our 2013 committment list.

  2. Agree with Kent. I saw his film a few days ago and was impressed. He is much stronger than he looks, seems to get underneath a lot and when he gets his hands on the ball carrier the play is over. The other thing that sticks out is that he never gives up on a play. This may have been the steal of the class, I think much of the under the radar thing is due to him being a tweener and not really knowing where he’ll line up at the next level.

  3. I don’t see Brissett transferring. I know it would make sense but he seems like one of those guys that will bide his time till his Sr campaign if not sooner. One Sr. year as a starter for UF will put him in the Draft. By that time Taylor, A.Lane, Fullwood will be So. Defense should be young but Good Ive, Caleb, McMillan will be So. Morrison will be the DL leader he was destined to be for us.

  4. Assuming that Brisset would be a starter as a SR would assumie Driskel leaving early(kind of unlikely, although possible), or Brissett redshirting(unlikely, since they played him at the end of the KY blowout, indicating no plans of redshirting him). Brisset and Driskel are in the same class(both are true SO’s). I will be very surprised if he doesn’t transfer after this season.