Florida DT favors Louisville

Louisville has emerged as the favorite for talented Lake City (FL) Columbia defensive tackle Dequan Ivery. Ivery spoke with InsideTheVille.com about his interest in Charlie Strong's program.

Louisville is the team to beat for Dequan Ivery, a 6'1, 310-pound defensive tackle from Lake City (FL) Columbia.

"As far as it stands right now Louisville is where I would go," Ivery told InsideTheVille.com Wednesday. "I've known Coach Strong for a while, since I went to the Florida camp when I was little. I have a good relationship with Coach Strong and they were the first school to offer me a scholarship. That's why they're in the lead."

Ivery maintains contact with Louisville assistants Clint Hurtt and Ron Dugans. There's a possibility he could make an official to Louisville October 1, but Ivery isn't sure if that weekend will work with his high school football schedule.

"I talk to Coach Hurtt and Coach Dugans. And I've talked to Charlie Strong a couple times," Ivery said. "I spoke to them a couple weeks ago. They talked to me about visiting the school."

As a junior, Ivery recorded 20 tackles and five sacks. For a player his size, Hurtt is impressed with Ivery's quickness off the ball.

"Coach Hurtt looked at my spring game and said I was pretty quick and had good feet," said Ivery. "He said I'm one of the top defensive linemen prospects they're recruiting.

"I made a lot of progress during the offseason. I dropped weight down to 310. I got stronger, faster – all the things I needed to do to help the team. I want to get to 295, I know if I get down there I'd be an animal. I want to help my team win and get to state."

Besides Louisville, Ivery also is considering another Big East school. "Besides Louisville, I have to say I like South Florida, too," Ivery said. "I feel like they could help me get to the next level."

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