Sulphur Springs’ Willy Ivery Commits to North Texas
North Texas kept its East Texas recruiting momentum rolling with big news that broke Friday afternoon via Twitter.
That news was the commitment of versatile Sulphur Springs athlete Willy Ivery to the Mean Green, which has picked up three East Texas pledges in the last three days.
Ivery's commitment joins those of Carthage senior receivers Terian "Tee" Goree and O'Keeron Rutherford, who committed to North Texas on Wednesday afternoon.
The news of Ivery's commitment came via Crosby offensive coordinator D.J. Mann, who is a former Sulphur Springs offensive coordinator who coached Ivery while with the Wildcats. Ivery holds four other offers from Colorado State, New Mexico, Texas State, and Toledo.
Ivery has posted staggering offensive numbers during his Sulphur Springs career.
All totaled, Ivery amassed 4,630 yards from scrimmage (2,653 rushing, 1,977 receiving) and 76 touchdowns (50 rushing, 24 receiving, 2 return) during his sophomore through seniors (2011-13).
Playing primarily at running back, Ivery enjoyed a monster senior season this fall during the Wildcats' 8-4 campaign. He ran 192 times for 1,673 yards and 27 touchdowns in 11 games. He scored at least one touchdown in every game in which he played. He also caught 21 passes for 386 yards and five touchdowns, giving him 2,059 yards from scrimmage and 32 total touchdowns. Ivery averaged 9.8 yards per touch.
As a junior, Ivery excelled as a run-catch threat, showing his skills as a rusher and a receiver. Ivery ran 86 times for 914 yards and 22 touchdowns, while catching 54 passes for 674 yards and six touchdowns. He also had a return touchdown, giving him 29 total scores in 2012.
In 2011, Ivery burst onto the scene as a sophomore receiver, catching 46 passes for 917 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also ran five times for 66 yards and a touchdown and tallied a return touchdown.
Ivery is 1 of 7 players in East Texas' 2014 class with a North Texas offer. Whitehouse junior cornerback Nate Brooks also holds a Mean Green offer.
– For full lists of North Texas targets in East Texas and the region’s 2014 FBS offer recipients, scroll below the photo.
East Texans With North Texas Offers
- 2014 — Caleb Chumley, ATH, Pine Tree, 6-5, 220 (nine offers)
- 2014 — Terian “Tee” Goree, WR, Carthage, 6-2, 170 (committed to North Texas)
- 2014 — Willy Ivery, ATH, Sulphur Springs, 5-8, 180 (committed to North Texas)
- 2014 — Patrick Mahomes, QB, Whitehouse, 6-3, 203 (committed to Texas Tech)
- 2014 — O’Keeron Rutherford, WR, Carthage, 6-5, 181 (committed to North Texas)
- 2014 — D.J. Williams, DT, Lufkin, 6-4, 293 (five offers)
- 2014 — Jeffery Wilson, RB, Elkhart, 6-0, 190 (four offers)
- 2015 — Nate Brooks, CB, Whitehouse, 6-0, 150 (two offers)
2014 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers
- Terry Ausborne, S, John Tyler, 5-10, 175 -- offer from SMU (1)
- Blake Bogenschutz, QB, Carthage, 6-1, 175 -- committed to UTSA (1)
- Jacob Bragg, OL, Nacogdoches, 6-4, 310 -- committed to Kansas; additional offers from Louisiana Tech, Oregon State, ULM (4)
- K.D. Cannon, WR, Mount Pleasant, 6-0, 160 — committed to Baylor; additional offers from Arizona, Clemson, Florida State, Houston, Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Purdue, SMU, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Utah, Vanderbilt, Virginia, West Virginia (21)
- Caleb Chumley, QB/ATH, Pine Tree, 6-5, 220 -- offers from Houston, Kansas, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Missouri, New Mexico State, North Texas, Oregon State, Texas State (9)
- Joseph Clark, RB/S, Chapel Hill, 5-9, 175 -- committed to Texas Tech; additional offers from Air Force, Navy, Texas State (4)
- Kade Clayton, ATH, Tyler Grace, 6-0, 180 — offers from SMU, Texas State (2)
- Terrell Cuney, C, Jasper, 6-3, 260 — committed to Texas; additional offers from TCU, Texas Tech (3)
- Devondrick Dixon, ATH, Gilmer, 5-9, 180 -- committed to Texas State (1)
- Adrian Goodacre, OL, Carthage, 6-4, 310 -- committed to ULL; additional offer from Houston (2)
- Terian "Tee" Goree, WR, Carthage, 6-2, 170 -- committed to North Texas; additional offers from Colorado, Colorado State, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, San Diego State, ULL, ULM, UTSA (9)
- Davion Hall, ATH, Liberty-Eylau, 6-2, 191 — committed to Baylor; additional offers from Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, SMU, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech (9)
- Zaycoven Henderson, DT, Longview, 6-1, 293 — offers from Baylor, Florida, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, SMU, South Carolina, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, Washington, Washington State (18)
- Travin Howard, S, Longview, 6-0, 178 -- offer from UTSA (1)
- Willy Ivery, ATH, Sulphur Springs, 5-8, 180 -- committed to North Texas; additional offers from Colorado State, New Mexico, Texas State, Toledo (5)
- Jamal Jeffery, WR, Lufkin, 5-9, 165 — committed to Texas A&M (1)
- Chris Jefferson, ATH, Athens, 6-2, 200 -- committed to SMU (1)
- Jawuan Johnson, DB, New Boston, 6-0, 195 -- committed to Northern Illinois (1)
- Dorian Leonard, WR, Longview, 6-4, 200 — committed to Texas; offers from Florida State, Oklahoma, Oregon State, San Diego State, Texas Tech (6)
- Reggie Long, LB, Whitehouse, 6-0, 218 -- offers from Army, New Mexico State (2)
- Ben Luckett, RB, Palestine, 6-0, 195 -- committed to ULM (1)
- Patrick Mahomes, QB, Whitehouse, 6-3, 203 — committed to Texas Tech; additional offers from Houston, North Texas, Rice (4)
- Stephan Maxey, DB, Longview, 5-11, 185 -- offer from UTSA (1)
- Keith Minor, DL, Chapel Hill, 6-3, 237 -- offer from Cincinnati (1)
- Jarrell Owens, LB/DE, Palestine, 6-3, 230 -- committed to TCU; additional offers from Texas State, Texas Tech, ULM (4)
- Greg Roberts, DE, Nacogdoches, 6-5, 200 -- committed to Baylor (1)
- Anthony Rhone, LB, Texas High, 6-0, 210 -- committed to SMU (1)
- O'Keeron Rutherford, WR, Carthage, 6-5, 181 -- committed to North Texas; additional offer from ULM (2)
- Anthony Sanders, ATH, Athens, 5-11, 185 -- offer from ULM (1)
- Kevin Shorter, RB/S, Newton, 6-0, 190 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Arkansas, Army, Baylor, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Houston, Kansas, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, San Diego State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, ULM, Utah (22)
- Brian Thlang, OL, Palestine, 6-2, 290 -- committed ULM (1)
- Wesley Thompson, ATH, Chapel Hill, 6-1, 185 -- committed to ULM (1)
- Josh Walker, RB/LB, Gilmer, 6-1, 220 — committed to Texas A&M; additional offers from Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech (4)
- D.J. Williams, DT, Lufkin, 6-4, 293 -- offers from Houston, Miami, Missouri, North Texas, Oklahoma (5)
- Jeffery Wilson, RB, Elkhart, 6-0, 190 -- offers from New Mexico State, North Texas, Texas State, ULM (4)