You’ll have to excuse Willy Ivery (Sulphur Springs, Texas) if he walks with a little bit of swagger. His performance over the weekend at the SMU camp gives him a pass.
Ivery, a 2014 wide receiver/cornerback, ran a personal-best 40-yard dash time of 4.4 seconds at the camp and peaked the interest of coaches in attendance. At 5-foot-8 and 177 pounds, Ivery could make for a decent slot receiver in SMU’s high-octane offense.
“I was hoping I’d run a 4.4 going into camp. That was my goal,” Ivery said. “The fiirst time I ran, I ran a 4.5, and I knew it could have better. The second time, after I finished, I saw a bunch of people standing around.
“When they told me I ran 4.4, I was excited. I’m not going to lie; I kind of got a little confident.”
Ivery’s efforts attracted both co-offensive coordinator Jason Phillips and defensive line coach Bert Hill, who is Ivery’s primary recruiting contact. Ivery said Hill is planning on making a visit to the Sulphur Springs campus to watch him compete in a game during the 2012 season.
“Overall, I liked the camp a lot,” Ivery said. “I liked how the coaching staff were all over. Coach Phillips really helped us a lot, and I liked how [head] Coach [June] Jones talked to us afterward.
“I learned a lot of things, like getting out of my cuts and working on hands-on receiver drills. The football drills really helped a lot.”
Ivery plays both receiver and cornerback at Sulphur Springs but most likely will be recruited as a receiver. He caught 46 passes for 917 yards and 13 touchdowns during the 2011 season. He is receiving interest from Texas Tech, Texas, TCU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and SMU.
Ivery said he will attend a camp at TCU on Thursday and the Texas A&M camp in Tyler, Texas, on Friday. He also plans on attending a Texas camp on June 10, a Texas Tech camp on June 11 and several other camps later in the summer.