Soon, there will be two Ivie’s in Gainesville. For now, let’s focus on Joey Ivie. Ivie ended up seeing playing time towards the end of last year, his freshman season. He played in three of the last five games, including at three tackle performance against Georgia Southern. He didn’t notch any tackles despite playing in the Georgia and Vanderbilt games.
Ivie came to Florida as a highly sought after defensive lineman. He was versatile enough to play either end or tackle. He was rated a three-star prospect, was the 22nd-ranked strong-side defensive end, 52nd-ranked player coming out of the state of Florida, and the 371st player overall in the recruiting rankings, according to 247 Sports Composite Rankings. The 6-3 270 pound lineman chose the Gators over Florida State, Miami (FL), and Tennessee among others.
During his junior season at Pasco High School in Dade City, FL, Ivie had a productive season. He racked up 53 tackles with eight sacks en route to being named first-team all-conference. If that didn’t have coaches drooling, he added about 25 pounds. Ivie came on strong his senior year, tallying 89 tackles, including eight tackles-for-loss, and 12 sacks. He also forced three fumbles and recovered one. Ivie was part of two back-to-back undefeated regular seasons with the Pasco Pirates, winning the Sunshine Athletic Conference championship, Class 5A District 8 title in both years. Ivie also excelled on the basketball court and weightlifting.
Ivie wears number 91 and that signifies there’s only 91 days until kickoff in The Swamp. He’ll be looking for more playing time in a crowded defensive line rotation, but look for him to make an impact next season. You can follow him @JoeyIvie.