Martez Ivey analysis: What makes the five-star OT the nation's top recruit
Martez Ivey is this year’s “can’t miss prospect.” The five-star offensive lineman is the No. 1 overall player, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
The SEC has taken notice, with eight teams offering scholarships. Most of 247Sports’ crystal ball predictions say the Apopka, Fla., native is deciding between Florida and Auburn, even after Will Muschamp’s departure.
“I definitely know enough about the school to make the decision without the coach, but you definitely want to know about your head coach,” Ivey told GatorBait’s Dan Meyer (subscription required). “That’s like the heart of your program, who are they going to bring in and how they are going to change up the game plan. I never had a set date on when I was going to make a decision, just whatever feels right to me.”
The 6-foot-6, 270-pound tackle has impressive strength and athleticism, which he displayed during The Opening this past July. Ivey was named the offensive line MVP for the event, which helped secure the No. 1 overall ranking.
The five-star prospect has played a crucial role in Apopka High School’s quest for its third consecutive Class 8A state championship, which will be played Saturday in the Orlando Citrus Bowl. The Blue Darters had three rushers with more than 1,000 yards last season and could accomplish the same feat on Saturday. Demetri Burch (1,340 yards), Chandler Cox (1,206) and DeShawn Massey (956) have all excelled running behind Ivey in the trenches in 2014.
Ivey’s best attributes are his frame, footwork, run blocking ability and punch. However, the blue chipper received at least a seven ranking in each skill category, according to 247Sports.
Ivey will need to add some weight, entering his collegiate career at 270-pounds. However, he has the natural skill set to exceed freshmen expectations and make an immediate impact in the SEC, similar to Cam Robinson at Alabama in 2014.