Brotherly love a factor in Gators landing eighth commitment


Joey Ivie will be joined by a familiar face next year. Ivie, a rising sophomore defensive lineman for the Florida Gators, will be going to school and playing football with his younger brother Andrew Ivie in 2015.

One has to figure that’ll make Saturdays a lot easier for the Ivie family. One destination: Gainesville (Fla.).

The announcement was made Thursday. The older Ivie played sparingly as a true freshman last fall, appearing in four games and registering three tackles. His younger brother will close out his prep career this fall at Pasco H.S. in Dade City (Fla.). Andrew is a 6-foot-1, 265-pound defensive tackle and is rated a three-star prospect. He is Florida’s eighth commitment for the 2015 class. Mississippi State and Ole Miss had also offered scholarships, along with Pitt, Wisconsin, South Florida and UCF.

“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,” Pasco coach Tom McHugh told the Orlando Sentinel. “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.”

Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the composite rankings for high school prospects.


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