Ivy Makes Mountaineers His Choice

It didn't take long for Gateway's Mortty Ivy to jump on the offer from West Virginia.

Mortty Ivy, a 6-1, 210 pound quarterback and safety, chose West Virginia on Monday morning after getting an offer following the Mountaineers' recent football camp.

"I've like the school for a long time. They told me at camp that they would offer me, and the written offer came to me a few days later. I thought it over, and decided that I should take it and come to West Virginia."

Ivy quarterbacks an option oriented team, but also began playing safety last year. It was his play at that position, as well as his athleticism, that caught the eyes of coaches.

"I know my future is on the defensive side of the ball," Ivy said. "I love to hit, and I love to make plays on defense to get the ball back for my team."

With plenty of growing left to do, Ivy could easily fit in at any of WVU's safety spots, and could also grow into an outside linebacker. He's not concerned about where he plays - he just wants the chance to get on the field.

Ivy is also a cousin of former Mountaineer wide receiver Khori Ivy, but the exact family relationships aren't quite clear at the moment.

"We're still trying to get that nailed down," said a genial Mortty Ivy, Sr., who played his college football at Westminster.

On thing the Ivys are clear on is their opinion of WVU and the facilities there.

"We've been down three or four times," the elder Ivy said. "We noticed the facilities when we came down for a basketball game last year. We loved the facilities, and really liked the stadium. But what really impressed me was the communications. We've talked with the academic counsellors as well as the football coaches, and that's very important to me."

His son is also in agreement, and adds that assistant coach Tony Gibson made a great impression on him.

"Coach Gibson is a great guy. I really like his personality, and the way he jokes around with me. I think I will fit in well with the style at West Virginia."

Ivy also received offers from Toledo and Buffalo, and got a great deal of interest from Ohio State, Maryland, Penn State and Northwestern. Although those schools had not yet offered, Ivy said he received "a lot of mail" from them, among others.

Ivy is preparing for his first attempt at the SATs, but holds a solid 3.2 GPA, which should put him in good shape for qualifying.

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