D.J. Ivey after official visit to Miami: ‘It felt like home’

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There wasn’t much talk about football during Miami’s busiest official visit weekend of the year. With nearly 20 committed members of the Hurricanes’ Class of 2018 in Coral Gables, Fla., for their official visits this weekend, Miami had a different priority in mind. There would be plenty of time to worry about football. This weekend was about making the Hurricanes’ incoming class comfortable. For D.J. Ivey, it worked.

“It felt like home all weekend,” the 4-star cornerback told DieHards on Sunday. “Everyone bonded well, and I really enjoyed the visit.”

Miami, which was 10th in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, was scheduled to host all but three of its 2018 scholarship commits for the weekend. The only exceptions were 4-star dual-threat quarterback Jarren Williams, 4-star defensive tackle Nesta Silvera and 4-star cornerback Josh Jobe. The first already visited in November when he was uncommitted. The second plans to visit in January with two high school teammates and priority targets for the Hurricanes. The third spent the weekend in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and flipped his commitment to No. 4 Alabama on Saturday.

The group on campus is, for the most part, the core of the class. Now it’s also the entirety of the committed defensive backs. Ivey spent most of the weekend with 4-star safety Gurvan Hall, and 4-star cornerbacks Al Blades Jr. and Gilbert Frierson. All except Blades are planning to enroll early, and all should have a chance to compete for early playing time next fall.

The few conversations there were about football came with cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph and safeties coach Ephraim Banda. They preached a simple message to the group that plans to join the team in January.

“They [were] just like, ‘Be prepared,’ ” Ivey said. “That was just the biggest thing.”

Ivey was hosted during his visit by defensive back Jaquan Johnson. The junior should be one of the most important leaders on the Hurricanes defense next year if he returns for his senior season.

For Ivey and the incoming players who spent the weekend on campus, the official visit wasn’t just about becoming closer as a group. It was about feeling like a real part of the Miami legacy, from the connections between soon-to-be classmates all the way up through upperclassmen and coaches.

“Most of the time he wasn’t talking about football,” Ivey said of Johnson. “We [were] just chilling, getting a better bond with each other.”

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