Baylor continued to restock its secondary in the 2016 class as it received a verbal commitment from Lancaster safety Kenan Ivy.
Ivy joins Kountze’s Grayland Arnold as defensive back commitments in the Bears’ 2016 class. The Bears have six commitments in the class, including three on defense and three on offense.
The 5-11, 190-pound Ivy has started for Lancaster the past two seasons and has gained a reputation for his hitting ability and coverage skills. He is a three-star recruit by Rivals.com.
“When I think of Kenan, the first thing that comes to mind is he’s an explosive athlete,” Lancaster coach Chris Gilbert said. “I saw it when he first came up to the varsity as a sophomore and delivered crushing blows. He’s also a real good cover guy. There isn’t much he can’t do.”
Gilbert first saw Ivy play in junior high at defensive end and linebacker and thought his speed would translate well as a safety. Gilbert said Ivy has been clocked at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash, while bench pressing 290 pounds and squatting 500 pounds.
Ivy has been timed at 21.5 seconds in the 200 meters and anchors Lancaster’s 4x100-meter relay team.
“I could see he was a freak athlete at a young age,” Gilbert said. “After I saw him run track, I thought he’d be perfect at the nickelback position or safety. He’s hungry. He’s a kid who’s really loyal and wants to do well and it means a lot to him.
Though Ivy will continue to focus on defense during his senior year, Gilbert said he could play some tailback. Gilbert thinks Ivy will thrive in Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett’s system.
“He’s the kind of player Coach Bennett likes,” Gilbert said. “Being in a real good program like Baylor and around a lot of good players will only enhance his abilities.”