"I'm honored to be verbally committed to the University of Miami," DJ Ivey announced on Sunday.
What to Like: At 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, Ivey has good length for a 2018 prospect. Physically, he already looks like a college free safety and he's only going to be a junior in high school this fall. He passes the look test getting off the bus all day long and typically that translates to having top notch athleticism. He has long arms and is able to match up well against bigger receivers coming off the line of scrimmage. He's not a burner but he runs well for someone his size and has tremendous leaping ability.Jump balls are usually his and it's rare for an opposing receiver to jump over him and come down with the ball. He's someone who Miami's coaches saw in the spring and then got a much better look when he attended one of their camps last week. Anytime that happens all the defensive coaches get a good look at him and it usually means he's coachable and competitive.
What May Concern You: While Ivey is a talented defender with some good ball skills, he doesn't touch the ball much on offense which is something you always like to see from top notch athletes in a high school secondary. He needs to continue getting stronger and being more physical at the point of attack. He tends to leave his feet and lose his base when making tackles and because he doesn't have big striking ability that is something that will need to be corrected before he'll be able to step on the field and make an impact at the college level. He also could struggle against bigger, more physical receivers coming off the line of scrimmage.
Bottom Line: Ivey also had scholarship offers from schools like Kentucky, Syracuse, Louisville, and West Virginia before making his commitment to Miami so he was being recruited like a three-star kid. He's a local kid so Miami's coaches got a good evaluation on him, though, so hopefully they made a good early decision here. He's one of six commitments in Miami's 2016 class, and one of four cornerbacks so it's clear the Canes are making that position a priority in the 2018 class.