Dequan Ivery picks Louisville

Dequan Ivery was one of the top defensive tackles on Charlie Strong's wish-list. Wednesday, the 6'1, 310-pound standout from Lake City (FL) Columbia, committed to Louisville. Ivery and his high school coach, Brian Allen, spoke with about his decision.

Dequan Ivery was one of the top defensive tackles on Charlie Strong's wish-list. Wednesday, the 6'1, 310-pound standout from Lake City (FL) Columbia, committed to Louisville.

Ivery, a physical and athletic lineman who runs a 5.1-forty, chose the Cardinals over Purdue, Indiana, Illinois, South Florida and Southern Miss. Ivery, who received an in-home visit from Louisville assistant Ron Dugans last week, made an official visit to Purdue last month.

"I feel great about committing to Louisville," Ivery told's Jason Higdon. "I told my recruiting coach, Coach (Ron) Dugan's and we are real close and have a great relationship. I sat down with him and after that spoke with my mother and made my decision."

Ivery, one of the top tackle prospects on Louisville's wish-list, said he's looking forward to playing for a top defensive coach like Charlie Strong next season for the Cardinals.

"I also talked to Charlie Strong and he is really excited about me coming to Louisville and thinks I can have an immediate impact next year," Ivery said. "Coach Dugan's and I are real close and it was about coming in and playing for great defensive coaches like Charlie Strong and Coach (Clint) Hurtt. Louisville is a lot like my high school just one big happy family and I love those guys and can't wait to get started. My mom is very excited about our decision."

Ivery, who benches more than 400 pounds, has the physical strength to make an immediate impact at Louisville.

"He's physical, that's the first thing you have to say. He's a big kid in stature," said Columbia head coach Brian Allen. "He uses his hands well. He sees double teams a lot and for him to be able to penetrate and run to the ball that's a plus. He runs well for a big man. That's something hard to find."

As a senior, Ivery recorded 35 tackles, 9 tackles for loss and five sacks.

"You can see immediately that he's a big kid who can run," said Allen. "He has good lateral movement. He does good things once he engages and penetrates the line of scrimmage. He can run down the line and you can see those bursts. That's an asset when he competes at the next level."

Allen, who played with Dugans at Florida State, said Ivery will have to improve his conditioning and work ethic to become a major factor at the college level.

"He has to understand that the college game is a lot faster, that's the biggest thing," said Allen. "He's going to have to learn he can't take days off. He's going to have to go in and be eager and hungry to get better. All big men have trouble with conditioning, so he's going to have to improve on his work ethic. I think getting out of Lake City will help him with that because he'll be surrounded by guys that are working hard. That's the mentality."

Allen said Ivery, who has scored a 17 on the ACT, "is on target academically."

"I don't think he's going to have a problem with the learning curve," Allen said. "If he goes in with the right mentality and is eager to want to play I think he can gets reps next season.

"Those guys roll their linemen a lot, so I think he'll have an opportunity to play. The physical assets are there. If he can get past the things that all freshmen have to get through – being away from home – he'll have a chance to play."

Ivery becomes Louisville's 17th commitment for next season, and the fifth from the state of Florida. Ivery is Louisville's first commitment on the defensive line for next year.

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