Dade City Pasco defensive tackle Andrew Ivie committed to the University of Florida football program Thursday afternoon, following in his older brother Joey's footsteps.
Pasco head coach Tom McHugh confirmed Andrew's commitment and said the 6-foot-1, 275-pounder will be a good fit for the Gators.
"He's just a great football player, who has a tremendous athlete and he's a great kid," McHugh said. "He is a very hard worker and has a great work ethic."
McHugh uses the versatile, agile Ivie in a variety of positions, but said he's likely destined for tackle in college.
"That'll be up to Florida once he gets there, of course, but I think they're looking at him for that defensive 3-technique spot on the line and I think that will fit him," McHugh said. "He does a lot of things for us, plays defensive end and tackle and we end up using him a lot on offense as a fullback in our bigger packages. He's a very good blocker and it works out pretty well when you have a 265-pound fullback."
McHugh coached both Ivie boys at Pasco and says Andrew benefited from his older brother's success. Joey Ivie is a sophomore and played in three of the final five games for the Gators last season at defensive tackle, as well.
"I've told Joey this before ... I think Andrew is a lot further along at this point of his career than Joey was, but I think that has a lot to do with him being able to see his older brother go through the process," McHugh said. "He's been able to benefit from having his big brother making the footprints in the sand it's a lot easier to follow that way."
Ivie is the eighth commitment to the Gators 2015 recruiting class and the third defensive player, joining Winter Garden West Orange cornerback Jalen Julius and Jacksonville Trinity Christian safety Deontai Williams.
Also committed to Florida for 2015 are Orlando Lake Nona wide receiver Deondre Farrier; Washington, D.C., Gonzaga athlete Marcus Lewis; Jacksonville Bishop Kenny center Tyler Jordan; Tallahassee Lincoln tight end Camrin Knight and Jacksonville First Coast wide receiver Tristan Payton.
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