Dade City (Fla.) Pasco defensive tackle Joey Ivie has seen a gradual growth with regards to interest in his services from colleges.
"I have six offers," Ivie said. "The recruiting process is going pretty good right now."
The 6-foot-4, 265-pound defensive lineman reports offers from Bowling Green, Florida International, Iowa State, Massachusetts, Purdue, and Western Kentucky. He remembers the first school that was in serious contact with him.
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"The first team I really talked a lot with was UMass," Ivie said. "I really talked to their assistant coach a lot. He is a great guy. At the end of the day, I just don't honestly know if I would go to UMass. I kind of want to go somewhere that is bigger."
The good news for Ivie is that it appears 'bigger' schools are coming into the picture by the day.
"I am talking to Texas Tech a lot right now," Ivie said. "They just showed the head coach my film. The assistant coach told me there is a 99 percent chance they are going to offer me."
Ivie also reports interest from Miami, Rutgers, and West Virginia.
So far, the Sunshine State prospect has taken just one trip.
"I went to FIU to watch their spring game," Ivie said. "That went really well. I really liked their facility. I like what they are doing down there. I didn't get to tour the school but they want me to come back down."
As for upcoming visits, Ivie mentioned that he may visit Miami on April 14th for their spring game. He is also going to take a tour of colleges this summer but doesn't know specific destinations. He mentioned an interest in trying to camp at Florida and Miami during the summer as well.
Ivie hopes that strong performances during the summer month while on college campuses will lead to even more opportunities.
"I really think if I do what I should do at some of these camps, that things will go really well for me," Ivie said. "I really think I am going to have some great opportunities."
Following his summer tour, Ivie believes he will be able to narrow it down to a few finalists.
"By the end of the summer I should be able to narrow it down to a few colleges I want to go to as I plan to see a lot of schools during the summer," Ivie said. "I will probably make my decision during or after my senior season.
"This is going to be a difficult process just choosing the right college to go to," Ivie added. "It is going to require a lot of thinking."
In addition to football, Ivie also participates in weightlifting and will participate in the state meet in two weeks.