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DT Ivie talks about suddenly hot recruiting

5/28/2012

DADE CITY, Fla. -- Pasco High School defensive tackle Joey Ivie has seen his stock soar over the last few months. The 6-foot-4, 271-pound athlete now has over 20 scholarship offers, including Florida, Florida State, Miami, Texas Tech, Rutgers and many other schools.

In addition, Ivie says there are two SEC schools that are close extending offers to him.

"Bama and Georgia are recruiting me right now, but neither have offered," Ivie said. "The Georgia coach said they have a recruiting meeting and he would bring my name up. He told me to call him this weekend and they will let me know. I honestly don't know a whole lot about Georgia other than I like their team colors red and black."

Though Ivie remains open with no leaders, he said there are some schools that are sticking out to him.

"I don't have any main favorites right now," Ivie said, "but all the Florida schools, the SEC schools and Texas Tech sticks out. It's something I'm going to really have to look in to, do my research and decide what is the best fit for me."

Ivie said over the next few weeks he will get a chance to see some of his favorite schools.

"I know I'm going on a bus tour with Unsigned Preps," he said. "We are going to Georgia, Tennessee, Clemson and Auburn."

Recently, Ivie claimed he would make a decision over the summer. He has since backed off that statement and says he will soon come up with a time frame of when he would like to start narrowing down his choices.

"At the moment I don't have a time frame," he said. "This summer I'm really going to decide when I'm going to have a time frame as far as when am I going to pick a top 10, when am I going to pick a top five and when am I going to commit."

Ivie, who says he plans to attends Florida's summer camp, played defensive end, defensive tackle and fullback in his high school's spring football game. Ivie said, however, there is one position he prefers to play.

"I feel like, especially if I keep speed training, that I would be a better defensive end," he said. "I feel like whatever is going to get me the furthest. Every kid's dream is to make it to the league, so I will do whatever I have to do to make it."

Ivie says several factors will go into his decision.

"I'm looking for what the school is like, what the atmosphere is like, what the coaches are like," Ivie said. "I'd like to sit down and talk to the coaches. This is where I'm going to be for the next four years. This is what is going to make you a man and set you off to what you are going to do in life. So I want to go somewhere where I'm comfortable and somewhere with a good education."