Jeremy Werner // Illini Inquirer

Analysis: T.J. Ivy commits to West Virginia

Chicago Marist 2018 tight end T.J. Ivy committed to West Virginia on Friday afternoon, what are the Mountaineers getting?

We have had a chance to see Chicago Marist tight end and newest West Virginia commit T.J. Ivy a few times over the last nine months.

One of our reporters, Ryan Easterling, saw him in his first game last season and I had a chance to personally see him during the season and then again at the Chicago Opening Regional.

Ivy is a kid with a nice frame. He measured 6-foot-4, 217 pounds at the regional, so still room to fill in and bigger, but with the room to do so. He ran a 4.93 at that event, not a bad time, but one he can still improve on. He played in the slot a lot for Marist and did a ton of damage there. He is a strong runner after the catch and was able to get into the secondary several times last season where it is tough for defensive backs to bring him down. He does a good job of catching the ball in traffic, which also allows him to work the short to intermediate areas. 

He has played on the ball some, but has to improve his technique as a blocker. He should be able to get big and strong enough to handle that, he just needs more reps.

All in all, we think this was a good get for the Mountaineers as they beat several programs closer to home on Ivy like Illinois and Indiana. 

He plays more like a FLEX guy now, but we think he will transition more into an on the ball tight end and the other tight end in the class, Mike O'Laughlin, will be more of a FLEX guy although Ivy gives the Mountaineers a lot of ability to move him around in different formations and that versatility along with the fact that his best football is still ahead of him, makes him a good addition to the class.

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