Ivey Schedules UNC Official Visit

ROEBUCK, S.C. --- Lamar Ivey will play wide receiver for the first time Saturday in the Shrine Bowl. He's spending practice week transitioning to the new position.

"I'm trying to sharpen up my routes and work on my hands," Ivey said. "I'm just trying to work on my hands making sure they [are] where they need to be. I feel like they're doing pretty good, but you know I could always do better."

Outside of trick plays, Ivey, a 6-foot, 176-pounder, exclusively played quarterback during his high school career at Mebane (N.C.) Eastern Alamance.

Ivey made a quick return to quarterback during Monday's afternoon practice.

"I came down as an athlete but I was playing receiver," Ivey said. "One of our quarterbacks [Anthony Carrothers] got hurt, so they needed someone to fill in real quick. So I filled in for him until he came back."

If both quarterbacks stay healthy, Ivey will stay at wide receiver in what is expected to be a run-dominant offense.

"We have some [pass] stuff we're going to put in," Ivey said. "We have doubles and spread that we're going to put in. That's how the receivers are going to get into the game."

The experience at wide receiver is gearing Ivey up for his college career, since most schools are recruiting him as a wide receiver.

Ivey has narrowed his focus to Kentucky, North Carolina, and NC State.

"Whenever I take my official visits, I'll decide [between the aforementioned three schools]," Ivey said.

In consecutive weekends, Ivey is scheduled to officially visit Kentucky (Jan. 8), NC State (Jan. 15), and North Carolina (Jan. 22)

Kentucky – as well as East Carolina and West Virginia – has offered Ivey. He says UNC and NC State are close to offering.

Unlike the other two schools, UNC is recruiting Ivey as a cornerback.

"I like to score touchdowns, so I like to play receiver," Ivey said. "But I like defense too – I like hitting. So it really doesn't matter [what position I play in college]."

Everett Withers is handling Ivey's recruitment for UNC.

"It's kind of difficult because I played quarterback, so he hasn't really seen me play corner," Ivey said. "I did well at the camp, but they wanted to get more looks at me. They wanted to bring me up for an official and they were going to offer me at my official."

Ivey help lead Eastern Alamance to the NCHSAA 3A Championship and a 14-2 record. On the season, he completed 160-of-271 passes for 2,209 yard and 21 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. He also accumulated 1,407 yards and 22 touchdowns.

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