If the name Andrew Ivie (6-3, 285, Dade City, FL Pasco) sounds familiar there is a good reason. He is the younger brother of Florida sophomore defensive tackle Joey Ivie. Andrew is a 2015 defensive tackle who could very well make it a brother act in the middle of Florida’s D-line. He has a Florida scholarship offer that came directly from head coach Will Muschamp.
“Coach Muschamp offered me a few weeks ago,” Ivie said. “He said that he liked the way I worked and that I looked good on film and that I could be a good fit at Florida on defense. Coach Muschamp said that he hoped I would be a Gator one day and said he was offering me a full ride.”
After Ivie talked with Muschamp he called defensive line coach Brad Lawing who told the Pasco prospect where he could fit into the Gators defense.
“Coach Lawing says he wants me at defensive tackle,” Ivie said. “Coach Lawing said that it would all ultimately depend on how my body progresses over the next two years when I arrive in college too but that right he sees me at tackle.”
Having a brother already at Florida isn’t a guarantee that Andrew will be a Gator, but the brother connection certainly doesn’t hurt.
“I haven’t made any decision at all yet,” Ivie said. “Having my brother at Florida is definitely a plus though because he would help guide and motivate me a lot. We are a close knit family so my family would be able to come to one place and watch us both play.”
Because older brother Joey plays on the interior line, Andrew has had a chance to watch Florida’s defense closely and he likes what he has seen.
“I like Florida’s defense a lot,” Ivie said. “I really like the direction that the defense is going in and the goal of the defense. Coach Muschamp always has a great defense and he usually has a good defensive line and he runs good fronts.”
Ivie will be in Gainesville very soon to watch his older brother participate in the Orange and Blue game in April.
“I plan to visit Florida for the spring game,”Ivie said. “I wanted to go to junior day but I have football camp in Georgia this weekend.”