Ivey Excels at Dallas NFTC
After arriving in Dallas three days before the Nike Football Training Camp, Bradley Ivey thought he was ready for anything. "We got there about 8:40 or something, and the line was huge," Ivey said, shaking his head. "There were at least 150 or 200 kids down on the field already. It was a lot bigger than the North Carolina one last year." The 6-foot-2, 215-pound tackling machine from Bishop Miege High School in Shawnee Mission (KS) is a three-year starter at linebacker for the Stags, with a pair of First Team All-State selections to his credit. After wrecking offenses across Kansas en route to the Class 5A State Championship Game, Ivey set his sights on the NFTC. "Apart from my regular training routine, I started doing more conditioning exercise and getting my diet right," he said. "It wasn't like I was going to Saint Louis, I was going to Texas. I knew the people down there were going to be the better of the best." He was ready for anything. Except running the forty. "Last year at the NFTC, there wasn't testing, so I was surprised," he said, eyes wide. "It was kind of like, ‘well, let's see.' I hadn't run the forty in a while. But I thought if I was going to ever run a good one, now was the time." Ivey was the first to run from his group. After clocking a 4.64-second electronic time, he launched the power ball 38 feet, 6 inches. "My second throw, I threw like a 38, and the guy called over one of the other coaches. He wrote something like ‘outstanding performance' with a silver Sharpie. If you hit over 38, they signed off with the silver Sharpie. I topped out at 38.5-feet." He was just getting started. "We did the vertical jump, and the first time I got 32.7-inches," he said with a smile. "The coach's eyes got real big." When all was said and done, the standout linebacker was among the top performers at his position with a SPARQ rating of 105.03. Ivey finished in the Top 10 of the event's overall, something of a surprise from a Kansas prospect competing in talent-rich Texas. "On some things, I just had it," Ivey said about his day in Dallas. "Other people had to have a couple shots. It just kind of felt like it was a performance, it came more natural than it appeared to some people." Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Greg Powers was in attendance at the NFTC. Having seen Ivey in Kansas City last fall, he was impressed with the Miege product's efforts on Saturday. "Ivey is a good looking prospect," Powers said. "He has nice size already and showed in the drills that he can really move. He was one of the more coachable linebackers at the camp and showed an advanced knowledge for the coverage assignments in the drills." Bishop Miege Head Coach Jon Holmes wasn't surprised by Ivey's performance. After stepping into the starting middle linebacker spot as a freshman, he's seen the talented junior become the focal point of the Stags defense. "Brad has worked very hard in the weight room and has become a great leader for us," Holmes said. "He has focused on his speed and agility, and has become a sideline to sideline player." Ivey exploded on the scene as a sophomore, logging 134 tackles, 26 Tackles For Loss, and 6 Sacks. He followed it up with a staggering junior year where he posted 154 stops, with 19 TFLs and 3 Sacks, all while missing three full games due to injury. Despite the numbers and pileup of All-State, All-League, and All-Metro selections, Ivey has yet to receive his first Division I offer. That could change soon. "His recruitment will heat up," Powers said. "He is a smart and savvy player, with good size, athleticism and intangibles,." "The feedback that I have received from schools is they see Brad as a Mike LB," Holmes added. "They like his size and like how physical he plays against the run. I think he will fit in nicely as an MLB because of his ability to take one offensive linemen." Blue Valley (KS) offensive tackle Clay Rhodes played against Ivey five times over the past three seasons. The four-star prospect said the Miege LB is the only opposing defensive player the Tigers coaching staff game planned around during his high school career. He believes Ivey is a legit prospect. "He's the kind of player that can cause so many problems to offensives at this level," the Missouri signee said of Ivey. "He has the defensive instincts to get to the ball and make a tackle, accompanied by strength, power, and speed which allow him to get off blocks and make plays the way he does." "He's a great guy and has a bright future ahead of him." Ivey went to Texas with something to prove. After a strong showing in the one-on-ones and four-on-four drills, he's shown he can compete with the best. "The thing that felt good to me about the camp was I didn't have a bad matchup," he said, shaking his head. "Going against the RBs in pass rush drills, I could take on any of the kids that already had offers. Even all the bigger kids from the bigger states that are more heavily recruited, I didn't ever have a bad matchup."
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