Pasco's Joey Ivie is a prospect whose recruitment is taking off. The standout defensive end took a trip to Tampa to check out the Bulls spring game, and received an offer shortly after.
"The USF spring game was good, a lot of fun, and I enjoyed watching it," said Ivie. "It was fun to watch them go at it and there were a lot of big hits."
The 6-foot-4, 269 pound defensive lineman paid close attention to the Bulls defense, and especially the D-line.
"The defense really stood out to me and they were pretty raw," said Ivie. "I though they defensive line did a good job, and applied a lot of pressure the whole game."
While at the game, Ivie was able to speak with some of the staff and get to know them.
"I only talked to the defensive line coach Kevin Patrick and the weight trainer there," said Ivie. "They're really good people, down to earth and the type of coaches I would want to have."
"They said they really like me and that they were sorry that they were late getting in the recruiting process with me, said Ivie. "They didn't offer me while I was there, but said they would and just needed to see my transcripts."
Shortly after the Bulls staff extended Ivie an offer to play for USF.
We talked about USF, about if I was still interested in them, and he talked to my dad
"I felt pretty good to get that offer, USF is another good school in Florida that I have a chance to play for," said Ivie. "USF has a good team and is a good school."
The 6-foot-5, 245-pound defensive end finished with 53 tackles during the regular season, while recording eight sacks and two forced fumbles. He's a high motor kid that is also strong. At a meet his week, Ivie posted a 380-pound bench and a 315-pound clean and jerk for a 695-pound total in the heavyweight.
"Schools are talking to me about playing both end and 3-tech," said Ivie. "My best assets are my get off, my motor, my quirks, and my use of my hands and feet strength, vision, side-to-side movement and my tenacity."
Ivie's recruitment has really taken off this spring as he's now up to 11 offers, including USF, Miami, Texas Tech, Purdue, Iowa State, Mississippi State, Bowling Green, WKU, FIU, Georgia Southern and UMASS.
With an impressive offer list, Ivie has a short list of favorites and a leader out of those that offered
"Out of the offers I have, I like Miami, Texas Tech, USF Mississippi State, and Purdue, in that order," said Ivie. "Miami is my leader right now, but it's still early."
The Pasco defensive lineman talked about why those schools made his list.
"They're all good schools, big teams; I like the coaches, good programs," said Ivie. "I also have a good chance of getting playing time if I work hard."
Ivie also pays attention to programs that put guys into the league.
"Yeah I do, that's one big reason why I like Miami," said Ivie. "I do feel like I could shine at Texas Tech and Purdue has put some good players In the league. USF has put a lot of players in the league the last few years."
Besides the schools that offered, Ivie said they are a few others that would make his list.
"Yeah both Florida and Missouri are talking to me right now," said Ivie, "Florida would probably be right behind Miami."
With spring ball about to begin, Ivie said he thinks he's done with visits and camps for now.
"Our practice starts May 1st, so I'm probably not going to go to any combines or camps until after that's done."
Ivie said he doesn't think he'll wait until the end and would like to make his decision before the season
"I'll probably decide this summer, I was going to try and finish early and come out in December but that would be tough. It's still possible though," said Ivie. "I still have interests from other schools, so it's going to take some thinking before I get to that point."
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