2024’s Jamari McIvory is an impactful playmaker on both sides of the ball | Youth1

2024’s Jamari McIvory is an impactful playmaker on both sides of the ball

Jamari McIvory is one of the best players from the Guyton, GA area in the Class of 2024. 

 

The 5-foot-8, 125-pound McIvory, who attends Effingham County Middle School, is a dynamic player that works as a wide receiver, running back and free safety. 

 

 

McIvory has earned plenty of recognition during his career. Here’s a list of some of his accomplishments throughout athletics: 

 

2018 All American Diamond Bowl (Football)

2018 GRPA State (Georgia) Track Champion 400M

2018 GRPA State (Georgia) Track Champion 200M

2018 GRPA State Track Record Georgia 200M (12U)

2018 All American Diamond Bowl (Football)

2019 AAU Junior Olympics Track National Championship 800M (3rd Place Bronze)

2019 AAU Junior Olympics Track National Championship 400M (8th Place)

2019 AAU Junior Olympics Region Champ 800M

2019 AAU Junior Olympics State (Georgia) Champ 800M

2019 AAU Junior Olympics Region Qualifier 400M

2019 Effingham County Middle School Basketball Most Valuable Player

McIvory is humbled by the accolades. 

 

“It means everything to me. It showed me that hard work and dedication most definitely pays off,” McIvory said. “These were great experiences that I will cherish forever.”

 

No matter the opponent, every game McIvory is determined to give it his all. 

 

McIvory is going all out. 

 

The motor is always at full throttle whenever McIvory steps between the lines.

 

“My mindset is to become one of the best wide receivers in the nation,” McIvory said. 

 

McIvory has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the field. McIvory tells why he enjoys the game of football so much. 

 

“I love playing in the games and using what I have learned from practice,” McIvory said. “I love to see myself progress.”

 

McIvory has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life. 

“Playing football has taught me that if you keep working hard, great things will happen for you,” McIvory said. 

McIvory recalls his favorite football memory. 

 

“My favorite memory was in a game where I had a bad play. I fumbled a punt inside our 20-yard-line and the other team went up on us 12-0. It was still 12-0 in the fourth quarter until I caught a 70-yard touchdown. On our next offensive series I caught four straight passes to set us up for the touchdown to go ahead 14-12,” McIvory said. “To end the game, I intercepted the ball and ran out of bounds to end the game. We won 14-12. My coaches applauded me on how I kept working and bounced back from my mental error. It is a game I’ll always remember.”

 

Joe Meglan has coached McIvory for four years at the Little League and middle school level. 

 

Meglan explains the best parts of McIvory’s game. 

 

“WR: His speed sets him apart. He runs good routes, has good hands and picks up techniques quickly. RB: Speed and vision. DB: Plays the ball very well while it’s in the air. Can get off blocks and makes tackles,” Meglan said. 

McIvory discusses what separates him from other players. 

“My hard work ethic, my determination, and my drive,” McIvory said. “I’m so motivated to be the best.”

McIvory takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. McIvory makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.

 

“I demonstrate being a good teammate by encouraging my teammates to keep working, leading by example, and not just talking but letting my actions speak in volumes,” McIvory said. “The best advice I give is that practice makes perfect. You get out what you put in.”

 

Meglan adds that McIvory is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful. 

 

“Jamari is quiet by nature and isn’t a vocal leader,” Meglan said. “He leads by example by doing things the right way on and off the field.”

 

McIvory is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.

 

“My coaches have taught me how to lead by example on and off the field. They tell me to keep making the best grades possible,” McIvory said. “The best advice I’ve gotten is to always set high goals and go after them.”

 

Meglan is an advocate of McIvory’s capabilities. McIvory amassed 25 receptions, 400 receiving yards, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and 20 tackles last season. 

 

“Two games stand out where Jamari took over the game. Game 1: He was 11 playing 12U. We were playing in a postseason bowl game against a very good Savannah team. They were bigger, faster and more athletic. The week prior we installed some wing T plays. At half we were locked up in a 0-0 tie. I moved Jamari from WR to RB to run the new plays. Jamari responded rushing for over 100 yards and three touchdowns in the second half. His vision, speed and patience waiting for his blocks made him unstoppable,” Meglan said. “Game 2: Last year in middle school, we started the year against the defending regional champs that were on a 9-game winning streak. At the start of the fourth quarter we were trailing 14 to nothing. We sent Jamari on a go route and our QB hit him in stride. The safety had the angle on him but with his speed he ran right by him for a 60-yard TD. We got the 2-point conversion and trailed 14-8. On the possession we ran quick screens to Jamari 3 times in a row that resulted in 2 first downs and around 35 yards. Knowing the DB were cheating up we faked the quick screen and hit the TE on pop pass for a TD. As the other team was driving on their last possession, Jamari read the QB and used his speed to get under the WR for a pick to seal the game.”


 

McIvory is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible. Meglan loves McIvory’s drive and determination. 

 

“Jamari is self-motivated and is 100% locked in while being coached,” Meglan said. “He is also in the best shape of anyone on the team.”

 

McIvory is constantly striving for excellence. 

“I want to become a top, 5-star college recruit as a WR or FS,” McIvory said. 

McIvory lists his top college choices as: Duke, Georgia, Florida, FSU, University of Miami, Notre Dame, and Ohio State.

 

Meglan explains why he compares McIvory to this future Hall of Fame receiver. 

 

“He reminds me of Larry Fitzgerald,” Meglan said. “He has the same demeanor, has the speed to get over the top of the defense and is willing to go across the middle and take hits.”

 

McIvory patterns his mentality after this standout receiver.  

 

“I look up to DeAndre Hopkins. He is a phenomenal receiver,” McIvory said. “I love the way he catches, his route running and his footwork is the best.”

 

McIvory lists science as his favorite subject in school.

 

“I love to do labs,” McIvory said. 

 

Meglan lists the improvements that can take McIvory’s game to the next level. 

 

“Like any 14-year-old in middle school he needs to get stronger, allow his frame to fill out and work on his technique at both WR and CB,” Meglan said. 

 

Meglan believes the sky is the limit as long as McIvory continues to stay hungry.  


“His potential is unlimited due to his work ethic and his parents' support. His support system is amazing whether it be football, basketball or track,” Meglan said. “His work ethic, self-discipline and support system will allow him to reach his goals. His parents are a coach’s dream as they are always present but always support the staff 100 percent.”

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