Lamontiez Ivy Impressed With Illini Visit

Illinois found a great athlete in the St. Louis area in 2009 with Terry Hawthorne and another in 2010 in Clint Tucker. The Illini are returning to that area in search of more talent and are specifically checking out a physically gifted quarterback from the East side of the Mississippi River.

Lamontiez Ivy is the man under center for the East St. Louis Flyers. At 6'-2", 225 pounds, he's built like a linebacker. But at quarterback he can really sling the ball as well as make plays with his feet.

"I'm strong in the pocket. I have a strong pocket presence. I'm pretty well built physically. I've thrown a 65 yard ball off of my back foot, so my arm strength is good. I have some good scrambling ability too. I'm more of a dual threat."

Last year was his first year at quarterback for the Flyers. He's still putting all of the pieces together, but once he does he will be much more effective.

"I'd like to get better executing the offense. Last year I was still learning all season, but this year I know it and I know all of my reads better."

East St. Louis sees a lot of playmakers graduate this year, but Ivy feels like the younger guys can rise to the occasion and keep up the talent level.

"We're bringing some guys back. Our old tight end is moving out to receiver, and some of our other guys are going to step up and be all right."

Ivy is hearing from a few high major schools already.

"Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Northwestern, and Indiana. I was getting a lot from Arkansas but not as much anymore."

Despite all of the mail and attention, Ivy still doesn't have an offer.

"I don't have any offers yet. I don't really know when the first offer will come. Illinois told me a lot of good things but nothing about an offer yet."

Illinois is home to one of Ivy's former teammates. Cornerback Terry Hawthorne helped lead the Flyers to a state title his senior year, and he has been in contact with Ivy when they see each other.

"I talk with Terry when I visit, and we talk when he comes back down here."

Ivy is a weight room warrior. His physical numbers are ones you would usually attribute to a linebacker.

"My bench was 275 and my squat was 405, but my coaches told me to stop there. I can clean 265."

Ivy recently came to Illinois for a junior day and got to see the Illini take on Iowa in a Big Ten Basketball matchup.

"The visit was pretty cool. The weight room was nice. We got to see a lot of things. The basketball game was pretty hype too. I liked that."

So does Ivy think Illinois or anyone else is on the verge of offering?

"I guess I'll just wait and see on these offers. I let my game speak for itself."


Illini Inquirer Top Stories