In typical Dana Holgorsen fashion, West Virginia’s 2018 recruiting class started very slowly. Their first commitment came from James Gmiter back in January, but they held just that one commitment up through April, before landing three players. More than a month after landing Alex Williams, the Mountaineers have struck again, as they landed a commitment from Chicago tight end TJ Ivy earlier today. The Chicago area, and usual Big 10 strongholds are crucial for West Virginia recruiting, and whenever they can pluck a guy out of there, it’s great news for WVU.
Take Me Home 〽️⛰……
— TJ IVY™ (@tjivy30) June 23, 2017
THE IVY FILE
Ivy is the sixth player to join a still very small West Virginia class, though that is, as I mentioned, by design for that staff. he’s the second tight end, along with Mike O’Laughlin, who also hails from Illinois. There are a number of players that will end up in West Virginia’s class that aren’t currently even on the radar, so don’t fret about the small class yet.
Ivy picked West Virginia over a very impressive offer sheet, that included Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Oregon State, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse and Tennessee, as well as a ton of G5 schools. A number of those schools are some of the best in the country at finding hidden gems, and if they all thought highly of IVY, he’s probably a very good prospect, and one that deserves a better ranking. West Virginia loves players that have the frames to add more muscle, and lots of raw talent. Ivy fits that build.
On the field, Ivy is extremely intriguing. He plays tight end and wideout for his high school, and the athleticism he possesses at his size is very rare. He’s not the fastest tight end in the 2018 recruiting cycle, but he can move pretty well for his size. The main focus of his athleticism is his leaping ability. He can jump higher than pretty much everyone else on the field, and he does it at 6-foot-5. Pair that size and athleticism with great hands, and you’ve got a recipe for a fantastic deep threat tight end, and that’s exactly what West Virginia wants him for. His ceiling comparison is Julius Thomas.