Hurricanes cornerback DJ Ivey will try his luck in the pro ranks next season.
Ivey, a fifth-year senior, declared himself for the NFL Draft on Tuesday, announcing the move on his Instagram account.
“Very grateful to have the opportunity to play at the University of Miami,” Ivey wrote. “It was an experience! I had the chance to meet and create bonds that will never be broken. I want to thank my mom for being in my corner every step of the way, no matter the circumstances. Thank you to my coaches, teammates, training staff, weight room staff, and everyone I met at the University of Miami. I really appreciate 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 the next step.”
Ivey, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound cornerback, hails from Florida City, and he came to UM as a four-star prospect from South Dade High. He became a starter in his second season and was a key cornerback for the rest of his time in Miami.
He had 127 tackles, six interceptions and 17 pass deflections during his five seasons with the Hurricanes. This year, he has had 38 tackles, two interceptions, seven pass deflections and forced two fumbles.
Pro Football Focus gave Ivey a defensive rating of 75.2 and a coverage rating of 76.2. Those grades ranked 12th and 10th among ACC cornerbacks with at least 200 defensive snaps, respectively.
Ivey is the first Miami player to announce his intention to enter the NFL Draft.