This is the fourth profile in the Gator Prospectus series covering Florida’s 2013 in-state commits.
Name: Joey Ivie
Committed: June 16
School: 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 Rivals.com; 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.