ORANGE PARK, Fla. - Lake City (Fla.) Columbia's defense shut down Orange Park (Fla.) in a 20-3 victory on Friday evening. A major reason why Orange Park's offense failed to ever find the endzone was the disruption caused by Columbia defensive tackle Dequan Ivery on the evening.
"I felt good about everything," Ivery said. "I was just glad that the team was behind me 100%. We balled out. We gave it 100%."
The 6-foot-1, 310-pound defensive tackle had numerous tackles, including at least three tackles for loss, as well as a sack, a fumble recovery, and a blocked field goal on the evening.
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The three-star defensive lineman missed a few games earlier this season due to suspension, so he feels every Friday night he has left between now and when Columbia's season concludes is an audition for him to prove himself to colleges.
"I feel like I have to play my best game every time out," Ivery said. "I have to take off on every Friday after dealing with that suspension."
When he has played, he has performed at a high level. Recently, a mid-year highlight tape was produced and distributed. Those highlights have led to some new offers for the Sunshine State prospect.
"My video went out and I've gotten some new offers and interest," Ivery said. "I got Purdue, FAU, FIU, Indiana, Indiana State, and Washington State."
Ivery said there are five schools that he would say are showing the most interest at this time.
"I would say I have heard from Louisville, South Florida, and Purdue the most recently," Ivery said. "Also FAU and FIU have shown a lot of interest. FIU was at the game tonight to watch me."
So far, Ivery has yet to take any official visits. He is hoping to change that in the next month.
"I am supposed to go to Purdue," Ivery said. "It is supposed to be at some point before December. I know I also want to visit Louisville."
While he has previously mentioned Louisville as his top school, Ivery said that isn't the case as of today.
"Nobody is standing out right now," Ivery said. "It is going to come down to my trips. It is really going to come down to the education. I want to go to school to be a construction engineer. I want to find a place that prepares me for when football is over."
In addition to his recent offers, Ivery previously held offers from Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, Georgia Southern, Louisville, Southern Miss, and Syracuse.