No. 1 Ranked Prospect Checks Out Auburn

Martez Ivey talks about his visit to Auburn for a junior day meeting with the Tiger coaches in this report that includes game video of the five-star offensive tackle in game action.

Apopka, Fla.--Ranked as the No. 1 offensive tackle prospect in the country as well as the No. 1 overall prospect for the 2015 signee class by Scout.com, Martez Ivey attended Auburn's junior day and notes that he came away impressed with his trip to check out Coach Gus Malzahn's program.

"It was a nice visit," the Apopka High star said. "I got to see the facilities and sit down and talk with the coaches. I really like it up there.

"They talked to me about being the next Greg (Greg Robinson)," he said with a laugh.

Robinson, the starting left offensive tackle for Auburn's 2013 SEC football championship team, could be the first offensive lineman selected in the 2014 NFL Draft.

With the Tigers signing just one high school senior offensive lineman one juco center in their 2014 signee class, offensive linemen are a high priority for the 2015 class. Without a doubt the athletic tackle with outstanding quickness, reach and toughness is high on Auburn's recruiting board.

Scott Kennedy, who is director of scouting for Scout.com, notes that whoever signs Ivey will be bringing in a talented prospect.

"Ivey is only going to get bigger and stronger, and his size and strength are already a plus," Kennedy said. "He's incredibly flexible and has no trouble getting low to drive block smaller, stouter defensive linemen. He's athletic enough that he's often asked to pull from his backside tackle position and can be seen escorting the Apopka running backs 50 yards downfield on touchdown runs. Yes, 50.

Martez Ivey has offers from colleges around the country.

"Ivey has long arms and uses his hands well," Kennedy added. "He's got a good drop step and sets well for pass protection. He's as quick as many of the ends and engulf a bull rush while easily steering a speed rush around the edge."

The offensive tackle said one of his goals is to add size prior to the start of his senior season. "I am definitely working on gaining a little more weight," he pointed out. "I weighed in at 275 at Auburn so hopefully I will be at 285 by the start of the season. They measured me at 6-5 1/4."

The prospect notes that he really enjoys the sport. "I always liked football growing up," he said. "It was an everything day for me playing at the park."

Ivey, who has a large number of scholarship offers including one from Auburn, points out that he doesn't have a favorite college at this time and he is still doing his research. Asked what he is looking for in his college choice, he says, "I am not really sure right now."

Academically he is doing well. "I have averaged a 3.0 throughout my whole high school career," he said.

He is a three-sport athlete at Apopka. "I am on the wrestling team," he said. "I like it because it is a one-on-one sport. It is just you and another person out there.

"It's a man's sport," he added. "It is the closest thing there is to football in the state of Florida. In track I?do the shot put and discus on the track team."

The five-star recruit said he isn't sure where he will visit on his next recruit trip, but noted he enjoyed his trip to Auburn.


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