Florida recruiting notes: Ivie gets big offer


GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Dade City (Fla.) Pasco defensive tackle Joey Ivie has gone from a relatively unknown prospect to earning offers from the big three schools in Florida -- the Gators, Seminoles and Hurricanes.

The 6-foot-4, 271-pound tackle prospect, who visited Florida a few short weeks ago, said he was excited to finally receive an offer from the in-state Gators on Monday.

"It meant quite a bit," Ivie said. "It's a big offer, my family is happy. I'm not saying that's where I'm going, but I definitely think very highly of Florida."

In addition to the three in-state schools, Ivie also holds offers from West Virginia, Purdue, Texas Tech and Mississippi State.

Though Ivie said he has an idea of where he wants to go, he's not quite ready to spill the beans.

"I have an idea [of where I want to go]," he said, "but I think I'm going to announce my decision this summer."

More Florida offers go out

On Wednesday, Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease had a chance to watch Jackson (Miss.) Prep quarterback Ryan Buchanan throw to some of his teammates. Pease was impressed enough to extend an offer to the 6-3, 203-pound signal-caller.

In addition to Buchanan, Florida also extended an offer to Thomson (Ga.) HS tight end Jordan Davis. Davis also holds offers from Louisville and South Carolina. Davis, Josh McNeil and DeSean Smith appear to be the top tight end targets for Florida.

Gators turning up the heat on Riles

Lawrencville (Ga.) Archer defensive end Antonio Riles has named Florida and Georgia as his top two schools. Riles said he would like to make his decision by the end of summer or a few games into his senior season.

The Gators are turning up the heat for Riles, though, as defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and defensive line coach Bryant Young are expected to visit the talented defender today.

Walker delays decision

Demarcus Walker (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood), the No. 24-ranked prospect in the nation by ESPN, has decided to push back his decision date until sometime in August.

On Monday Walker tweeted "@livinglegend_44: I will not be announcing on the 24th of May. I feel like I'm not ready so I will be rescheduling this event sometime in August. Thanks a lot."

Florida and Alabama appear to be out in front, but don't count out LSU, Clemson, USC or Auburn either. Walker's recruitment could get interesting down the stretch.

Woulard receiving attention

Winter Park (Fla.) HS quarterback, and former USF verbal commit Asiantii Woulard is starting to receive interest from the Gators.

Woulard, who also holds offers from UCF, Pittsburgh and Syracuse, has yet to receive an offer from the Gators, but don't be surprised if Florida does extend an offer in the near future.

Brantley solid once again

Though Florida defensive tackle commit Caleb Brantley (Crescent City, Fla.) said recently that he is a "soft verbal" to Florida, he backtracked on Wednesday and now claims he is still solid to the Gators.

You have to wonder if Florida's recent offer to Ivie made Brantley rethink his decision to consider himself a soft verbal.

Harris gets a visitor

Four-star safety prospect Marcell Harris (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) says he hasn't heard a lot from the Gators in the last week or so. The reason -- Florida defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson, who's in-charge of Harris' recruitment, had his second child, a boy, last week.

Florida fans have no reason to be concerned, though. Robinson stopped by Dr. Phillips to see Harris on Wednesday afternoon, and by all accounts the visit went well.

Harris is expected to make a decision by the end of summer.