Joey Ivie is not small. (Bud Elliott/SB Nation)
Florida picked up a huge commitment Saturday from three-star defensive tackle Joey Ivie, according to ESPN's Derek Tyson.
Ivie, who grew up a fan of the Gators, was in Gainesville for a camp after touring a handful of other colleges in the Southeast. He made stops at Auburn, Tennessee, Clemson and Georgia this past week during the Unsigned Preps Bus Tour.
He's rated a three-star prospect by all but one of the major scouting services; Rivals has him as a four-star. But he's one of hottest names in recruiting as of late, impressing at camps and racking up numerous offers.
For those unconvinced that his three-star ranking may be a thing of the past, consider Will Muschamp's reaction to Ivie's pledge.
Ivie said Will Muschamp almost jumped out of his seat when he told him he wanted to commit. #Gators— Derek Tyson (@DerekTysonESPN) June 16, 2012
At 6'4", 270, he's considered a little small for defensive tackle, but is fully expected to grow into that role. For now, he can play some defensive end along with tackle. His game is very versatile.
Ivie joins the previously-waffling Caleb Brantley as Florida's second defensive tackle commitment. And if Brantley ends up sticking with his commitment, which I expect he will, Florida could decide to settle in with these two.
The Gators will continue recruiting Greg Gilmore, another end/tackle tweener who has Florida in his top two. The defensive tackle board will continue changing shape as National Signing Day nears, but for now, with limited space and 17 commits on board, it will be tough to add another tackle unless he blows Florida away.