Miami Hurricanes standout cornerback DJ Ivey will attempt his luck within the skilled ranks subsequent season.
Ivey, a fifth-year senior, declared for the NFL draft on Tuesday, saying the transfer on his Instagram account.
“Very grateful for the opportunity to play at the University of Miami,” Ivey wrote. “It was an expertise! I used to be blessed to satisfy and create bonds that’ll by no means be damaged. I need to give because of my mother for being in my nook each step of the best way, regardless of how the circumstances appeared. Thank you to my coaches, teammates, coaching employees, weight room employees and whoever else I had an encounter with on the University of Miami. I really respect you guys.
“It’s been a dream since peewee football to go do what I love at the highest level possible and it’s time for me to take that next step.”
Ivey, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound cornerback, is a Florida City native, and he arrived at UM as a four-star prospect out of South Dade High. He turned a starter in his sophomore season and was a key contributor for the rest of his time at Miami.
He racked up 127 tackles, six interceptions and 17 cross deflections over his 5 seasons with the Hurricanes. This 12 months, he had 38 tackles, two interceptions, seven cross deflections and two compelled fumbles.
Pro Football Focus gave Ivey a 75.2 defensive grade and a 76.2 protection grade. Those grades ranked twelfth and tenth, respectively, amongst ACC cornerbacks with not less than 200 defensive snaps.
Ivey is the primary Miami participant to announce his plans to enter the NFL draft.