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Monday, February 18, 2013
ILB Ivey talks KU, K-State junior days

By Damon Sayles

Inside linebacker Bradley Ivey (Shawnee Mission, Kan./Bishop Miege) couldn’t choose between attending the Kansas junior day or the Kansas State junior day over the weekend – so he decided to choose both.

Ivey visited Kansas State during the morning session, then trekked to Kansas for the afternoon session. Both trips, Ivey said, served to be beneficial as he prepares to enter the most crucial time of his recruiting process.

“I thought K-State was awesome,” Ivey said. “For one, my mom went to K-State, so I grew up a K-State guy. I liked the facilities back then; nothing’s changed. Bill Snyder talked for like an hour and a half straight. He makes you feel stupid because he’s so smart.

“Right after 2:30 [p.m.] or so, we went straight to Lawrence [Kan.]. We got a little tour, and then we ate. That’s something everyone needs to do -- eat at the Crimson Café. It’s one of the best meals you can get.”

Ivey said Kansas State’s trip sticks out because of the coaching staff’s push toward education rather than athletics. He also said linebacker Brandon Wilson was there giving visuals of the first time walking on Bill Snyder Family Stadium. As for Kansas, Ivey said seeing offensive line coach Tim Grunhard was huge. Grunhard was the Bishop Miege coach before accepting the college position under Charlie Weis.

“Both trips were very good job to say the least,” Ivey said. “I’m glad I went to both.”

Ivey said he has both schools high on his list, but all options are open. Currently, the 6-foot-2, 218-pound linebacker is still looking for his first offer, but he has interest from the in-state schools, as well as Missouri, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Illinois and several other programs.

Ivey has nearly 300 tackles in two seasons to support his argument of being an FBS target. After 134 tackles his sophomore year, Ivey turned in a junior season that included 154 tackles, three sacks and four blocked kicks. He was an all-state selection for a Bishop Miege team that advanced to the Kansas Class 5A state championship game.

Ivey said he next will take in the Missouri junior day on March 2.