Ivie Breaks Down Rutgers Offer

Pasco (Fla.) three-star defensive tackle Andrew Ivie added his first Big Ten offer this week and fourth from a BCS school. The 6-foot-3, 265-pound defensive lineman received a Rutgers offer, and broke down his early thoughts on the Scarlet Knights.

Pasco (Fla.) three-star defensive lineman Andrew Ivie holds a Rutgers verbal scholarship offer, but is still in the learning process when it comes to the Big-Ten bound Scarlet Knights.

Ivie cited his relationship with defensive line coach Jim Panagos as the source of most of his Rutgers knowledge, but would like to learn more now that he holds an offer.

"It's pretty exciting," Ivie said. "They're going to the Big Ten, so that's exciting about it. … I don't know that much, but I've been talking to their coach (Panagos) and everything, and he's been helpful.

"He has a lot of energy. He's a really good guy to talk to."

Rising sophomore Janarion Grant, who had an electric freshman season for the Scarlet Knights, comes from the same program as Ivie. Ivie's older brother, Joey Ivie, was in the same recruiting class as Grant out of Pasco.

"I wouldn't say I'm best friends with him (Janarion), but he's definitely a friend of mine," Ivie said. "My brother and him are really, really close."

Joey Ivie signed with Florida last year, and the Gators are already in on the 2015 Ivie.

"I like Florida, but the fact that my brother is playing there really doesn't matter," he said. "I just want to really take my time with this and see how next year plays out."

With one former teammate in the Big Ten and a brother playing in the SEC, Ivie has plenty of places to turn for advice in recruiting. He aims to take his recruitment slowly, and has not set any spring or summer visits.

When he does look at visits, teammate Bowman Archibald will be involved. Archibald, who also holds a Rutgers offer at tight end, and Ivie hope to take visits together this summer.

"I was right alongside my brother when he was being recruited and everything, so I understand how it works," Ivie said. "He's been helping out Bowman Archibald a lot too from our school. He doesn't know as much about how it works, so we're going to try to do some stuff together."

The 6-foot-3, 265-pound prospect fits best as a defensive tackle at the next level, and projects to add more size through his senior year.

"I'm three-down lineman that's quick off the ball," he said. "That's the main thing. I'm a defensive tackle that goes quick. I don't want to quit. I'm just a hard worker. I'm always in the gym trying to push myself."

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