DE Ivie enrolling at Florida later this week

With Sharrif Floyd heading to the NFL, the Florida Gators need defensive linemen on campus in a big way and they will have one new player come spring practice.

Dade City (Fla.) Pasco defensive end Joey Ivie is set to enroll in Florida this week to begin classes and start the weight training program with Jeff Dillman.

The exact day that Ivie will enroll is unclear, but it will either be Wednesday or Thursday when he starts classes.

“I am so ready to be at Florida,” Ivie said. “I am ready for the hard work and the dedication. I am ready to do and be a part of big things at Florida with my teammates.”

The 6-foot-4, 270-pound Ivie has some goals for this spring in the weight room with Dillman and how much weight he wants to gain.

“I’m going to be working hard in the weight room this spring,” Ivie said. “I want to put on a lot of muscle and learn new techniques and learn the playbook outside of the weight room. I hope to add 10-20 pounds of muscle so I can compete right away when I get on the field this spring. I have the opportunity. I just have to take advantage of it.”

Ivie isn’t sure what number he will wear at Florida, but he will be rooming with linebacker Matt Rolin this spring.

During his senior year, Ivie had 89 tackles including 12 sacks and three forced fumbles one in which he recovered.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.