Ole Miss adds Yet Another Talented Transfer Portal Player: Georgia Tech Defensive Lineman Jared Ivey Chooses the Rebels
OXFORD, Miss. — “Strategy is a commodity, execution is an art.”
Peter Drucker, the “founder of modern management”
Head coach Lane Kiffin is excelling at both strategy and execution as he continues to build the Ole Miss football roster through the transfer portal. Currently, the Rebels have the No. 1 transfer portal in the nation.
Following the weekend additions of USC transfer QB Jaxson Dart and TE Michael Trigg, Kiffin notched another “checkmate” moment when he also pulled in Georgia Tech transfer defensive lineman, Jared Ivey.
Last week when Ivey hit the portal, I immediately put him on our Rebel Walk ‘Hotlist.’ Then, lo and behold, we soon saw a twitter post with a photo of Jared Ivey sitting alongside Coach Kiffin in the ‘SIP.
#ComeToTheSip 🦈 @Lane_Kiffin pic.twitter.com/b7FsihLb7M
— JI5 (@jared_ivey1595) January 30, 2022
Today, sources report Ivey attended classes at Ole Miss — meaning he is enrolled and can participate in spring camp.
Kiffin and his staff have a few spots left in the 2022 class, and there’s no question they’re being quite selective. But one area where they have been looking to fill the void is an EDGE player— and Ivey certainly will play a crucial role there.
The 6-6, 275 pound Ivey played in 11 games for the Yellow Jackets in 2021, finishing the season with 32 tackles — 20 of which were solo — 6 tackles for loss and and 1.5 sacks. He also forced a fumble and had three quarterback hurries.
Ivey, who will have three years of eligibility remaining, appeared in 9-of-10 games as a true freshman in 2020 and made his first two starts in the final two games of the season.
Coming out of high school, the North Gwinnett (Georgia) native was rated as 4-star prospect and the No. 15 weakside defensive end and No.33 overall athlete in the state in his recruiting class.
He was also ranked as one of the top 30 recruits in Georgia Tech history by 247Sports. The dual-sport athlete also received scholarship offers to play Division I college basketball.
Fit In The ‘Sip
Ivey is physically gifted and likely won’t just be playing on Saturdays in the ‘Sip — but also on Sundays in the future.
Here’s a quick scouting report on why Ivey will be a heck of a #FitInTheSip
- Great at stopping the run
- Unbelievable jump off the ball
- Strong upper body to complement tremendous speed
- Sets the edge
- Great instincts mixed with physicality
- Solid tackler
- Can’t stop and won’t stop — the motor he has on every play is impressive
(Feature image graphic: Lee Ann Herring)
Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn’s love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship. Evelyn created the Rebel Walk in 2013 and has served as publisher and managing editor since its inception.