In this installment of the Recruit Notebook, we meet a talented cover cornerback who is one of the steals of this recruiting class: CB D.J. Ivey.
One of the best cover corners in this class, Homestead (FL) CB D.J. Ivey is a player the Miami Hurricanes targeted early, and stuck with through the ups and downs of a HSFB career.
After a dominant sophomore season and subsequent offseason, Miami offered Ivey a scholarship. Ivey committed to Miami in June 2016, and stuck with his commitment the whole way through.
Miami, however, had to stick with Ivey as well. The talented CB sustained an injury early on in his junior year, breaking his ankle and missing the rest of the campaign. That didn’t deter Miami from recruiting him, and the Canes were rewarded for their continued connection to the talented cover man.
Due to his injury a a junior, Ivey went from rising star recruit to overlooked and under rated. He slipped out of the collective recruiting consciousness, and that was reflected in his ranking. However, had Ivey not been injured, many believe he would be a top 15-20 CB Nationally in this class.
Ivey returned to the field with a vengeance as a senior, anchoring a tough and physical defense for Homestead (FL) South Dade. Throughout the season, Ivey showed the skills and talent he had flashed earlier in his career, and has been compared favorably for years to former Miami Hurricanes star CB Artie Burns for his combination of size, speed, and coverage ability.
I don’t know why Miami was the only team to see that combination of skills, but I’m glad they were. Ivey is going to be a nice player at Miami, and I can’t wait to see him in Orange and Green.
On the 247sports composite, Ivey is a 4-star prospect, the #34 CB in this class, #65 in the State of Florida, and #351 recruit overall.
Ivey committed to Miami over Auburn, Georgia, and South Carolina out of a list of 10 scholarship offers.
Ivey as a player
At 6’0” with great arm length, Ivey is the kind of player teams should be salivating over at Cornerback. He’s fluid in his movements, and great at mirroring routes all over the field.
A concern with Ivey is his injury history. It’s not “Robert Burns” level concerning, but Ivey did miss the majority of his Junior season with a broken ankle. This is a thing worth watching, but not enough to make Miami shy away from him as a recruit.
Like most HS DBs, Ivey will need to fill out his frame as time goes on. And, it i well known that DC Manny Diaz requires his DBs to be elite tacklers, especially in the run game, and that’s an area where Ivey can see future development as well.
- Coverage ability
- Physical development
- Tackling in run game
- Injury history (but again, not catastrophic)
Ivey has the skills to be in the rotation at CB as a freshman. He’s been compared to a young Artie Burns, and if he’s able to replicate that kind of performance, Miami is in for a treat.
Chances for a redshirt: 4/10
Miami needs corners, and the only thing, in my mind, that will keep Ivey from joining that group on the field next year is his phyiscal development, but that can, and will, be addressed.
That’s it for this installment of the Recruit Notebook.