Joey Ivie gave Florida another big commitment (emphasis on big) for the already-massive 2013 Florida recruiting class, and the defensive tackle looks like a comer. But who does he look like, exactly? Recruiting analysts have a couple of ideas.
Keith Niebuhr, who just left Rivals to move to 247 Sports, dropped some free thoughts on Ivie, based on seeing him at a camp in April. He calls him a "very tough, competitive kid" and "a little raw," and made a comparison to an NFL veteran.
Given his frame, skills, toughness, he reminds me a lot of former Alabama DL Jarret Johnson --- who if you recall was from Chiefland, Fla. Jarret made it to the NFL and did very well for himself with the Ravens.
Johnson's been in the NFL since 2003, when the Ravens made him a fourth-round draft pick, and he just inked a deal with the Chargers. There are worse comparisons.
I also reached out to Bud Elliott, our man at SB Nation Recruiting, who knows Florida very well, for some insight on Ivie. I brought up Justin Trattou and William Green as possible comparisons, and he agreed with the former, calling Trattou a "great comp" for Ivie. Bud also said Ivie could put on weight on his trim frame without losing a lot.
Hit the jump for more analysis.
Bud offered a bit more in his story on Ivie's commitment.
Ivie stands 6'4" and checks in at 270 pounds, having bulked up considerably in the last year. He is very strong and quick, and does have room to add more weight.
But while most services list him as a defensive tackle, I project Ivie to play the 5-technique end position in Florida's defense, similar to the position manned by Shariff Floyd in 2011. Ivie may slide inside on passing downs, but he doesn't look like a traditional tackle, as his frame is narrower and longer than most tackles.
Bud also interviewed Ivie during a visit to Pasco High in April. Ivie said then that he's looking to put on weight.
"End or tackle. Maybe a five-technique in a 3-4. A lot of colleges see me as an end on first and second down, and a pass rushing tackle on third down," Ivie said. That would make sense as colleges increasingly look to control the edge with bigger defenders to combat the spread run game. "I think that would be best for me. I'm hoping to get to 290, 300 and really play," Ivie said.
If Ivie can mature and build himself into a 6'4", 300-pound tackle and play with a motor in his back, he could be a very productive SEC DT. Early enrolling, as he told ESPN's Derek Tyson he will try to do, would be a huge help in that regard.