Buddy Ivery is up for the big change coming in his life.
He will still be playing football like he has the majority of the his 18-years on earth. He will just be doing it a drastically different location.
Ivery, an all-district standout running back, will taking his fleet feet and elusive moves to California. He signed with Shasta College in Redding, during Monday ceremonies at the multi-purpose building on the campus of Sulphur Springs High School.
“I’m going out there to play hard and get better. I also want to get bigger and stronger,” Ivery said.
The 5-7, 205-pound running back with 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash, rushed for 1,332 yards on 185 carries, averaging 7.2 yards a tote. He scored 11 touchdowns. Ivery also caught 12 passes for 92 yards.
Ivery said he got on the radar of Shasta College after former Sulphur Springs assistant coach D.J. Mann sent the team video of his football exploits.
“They started calling and have called more and more. They made this happen and worked with us to get Buddy to go to that school,” said Caran Ivery, the speedster’s mother. “I think the change will do him good. The coaches all sounded like such positive influences. They have his best interest in mind and they will help him. He won’t be at a school where he can come home all the time. He will be able to just work on his classes and playing ball. He needs to be focused. He wants to make his dream come true of being a professional football player.”
Ivery joked that his video game and the weight room will be his new best friends in northern California.
“The coaches liked me on video. They want me to stay fast, but get bigger to take the hits you get in college,” Ivery said. “They run offense which is similar to ours. They use more pistol sets. I feel like I will getting the ball a lot.”
Sulphur Springs head football coach Greg Owens also said he predicts Ivery will see playing time quickly for the Knights.
“He will fly to California in July and get involved in some school things and then start football,” Owens said. “I expect him to become immediately involved in the football program. That will help him as he goes off to college for the first time away from home. He has two years to develop and grow. It’s a tremendous opportunity for him.”
Owens laughed at the distance, some 1,950 miles, Ivery will be traveling to school.
“I looked it up on a map,” Owens said. “It said it takes one day and nine hours to drive that far. But the change will be good for him. He will really be closer to Oregon than to any major city in California. He’ll do fine out there. I think he will be a good college player. They really want him, they kept calling and calling. He also had the chance to go to other schools, but chose Shasta College. Buddy has been a good player for us. Coaches always pass through here and want to know where he is going to college. He has that explosive first step they like in college. He starting playing for us as a sophomore and came along well in our system.”
Matt Young, offensive coordinator for the Wildcats, said he will be sad to see one of the team’s major weapons leave for college.
“As a play-caller it was great to have Buddy. He was very consistent and dependable while having the ability to make a play out of nothing. I am very excited that he has the opportunity to continue his education and his playing career. He will bring enthusiasm and a very reliable running back to their program,” Young said.
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