Rated the No. 1 offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com, big Martez Ivey from Apopka, Fla., is a physical prospect who would be a great fit in Auburn’s offensive scheme because of his ability to dominate at the line of scrimmage and get to the second level in the running game. Having already visited the Florida Gators, Ivey will get his shot to see the Tigers this weekend.
Originally scheduled to take his official visit earlier in the season before suffering an injury, Ivey is still being recruited by many of the top programs in the country, but this one looks like a Tigers-Gators battle. Ivey is a teammate and close friend with Auburn commitment Chandler Cox at Apopka, something that could work in the Tigers’ favor when the time comes for Ivey to make his decision on or around signing day.
He will be joined by Auburn commitment and four-star offensive lineman Tyler Carr from Southside High in Gadsden. Choosing the Tigers over Alabama, Georgia and several others before his senior year, Carr is one of a group of verbal commitments expected to be on hand this weekend. Others include Kaleb Kim, Bailey Sharp, Jalen Harris, Tony Bridges, Darrell Williams, Montavious Atkinson, Elijah Sullivan, Richard McBryde, and Ian Shannon.
A teammate of Bridges expected to make a return visit to Auburn this weekend, defensive tackle Maurice Swain visited officially for the LSU game and has the Tigers at the top of his list with Mississippi State and Kentucky with several others trying to close the gap. If the Tigers can make another strong impact on Swain this weekend it could go a long way towards getting the early graduate on the Plains in December.
Another official visitor for that LSU weekend was four-star wide receiver John Burt from Tallahassee, Fla. Committed to the Texas Longhorns, Burt will make a return trip to the Plains for the Texas A&M game. Close with Dameyune Craig and liking what he sees from Auburn’s offense so far in 2014, Burt could be on the verge of changing his commitment if things go well this weekend.
A one-time commitment to Missouri, talented 2015 wide receiver/tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe from North Gwinnett, Ga., High is expected to visit this weekend along with younger brother Josh Imatorbhebhe. Deciding they want to play together on the next level, the brothers have visited Florida already and Daniel has a visit to Cal coming soon as well. A December graduate, Daniel is not on Auburn’s radar at the moment, but is a talented player worth keeping an eye on.
Another 2015 prospect hoping to get an offer from the Tigers is G.G. Robinson from Parkview High in Lilburn, Ga. The son of 1980s Auburn standout and NFL player Gerald Robinson, he had offers from several top programs before choosing Louisville over Virginia. At 6-3 and nearly 260 pounds, Robinson could be play end or even grow into a defensive lineman on the next level. He is keeping in close contact with Auburn and if the Tigers decide to pull the trigger it would be big news for the Robinson family.
Already a visitor to Auburn, physical linebacker De'Amontae Jackson from North Marion High has some big-time offers and could be someone to keep an eye on down the line for the Tigers. While linebacker isn’t a need area, there could be a spot for another linebacker down the road depending on how Auburn’s class finishes up in February.
Two pairs of teammates will be on the Auburn campus Saturday and both groups are among the top underclassmen in Alabama. A 2016 cornerback and a player who will announce his commitment in May, four-star John Broussard from Central-Phenix City has Auburn very high on his list along with LSU and several others. A 2017 standout at the linebacker position, Markail Benton already has an Auburn offer and is a dynamic sophomore for one of the state’s top 7A teams.
The younger brother of former Auburn defensive lineman Kenneth Carter, four-star 2016 prospect Marlon Davidson is quickly establishing himself as one of the state’s top junior prospects as a defensive lineman for Carver-Montgomery. His running mate for the Wolverines, five-star outside linebacker Lyndell Wilson, is expected to visit Saturday along with Davidson to give Auburn two of the top players for next year on campus.
A trio of teammates from Laurel, Miss., are expected to be in Auburn this weekend led by four-star 2016 linebacker Octavious Cooley. Checking in at 6-4, 240, Cooley had over 50 catches and 1,000 yards as a sophomore and will be one of the top players at his position in the country for next year’s class. His teammate, 2016 quarterback Keon Howard, is also a talented prospect who will likely have big-time offers before all is said and done. Rounding out the group is 2015 wide receiver Omay Bayless, a sleeper prospect who could be a steal late for some team.
Auburn continues to focus on beefing up the defensive line with talented underclassmen expected to visit including tackle 2016 tackle David Marshall from Upson-Lee in Thomaston, Ga., 2016 tackle Antwuan Jackson from Cedar Grove High in Ellenwood, Ga., Jamahl Johnson from Prior Lake, Minn., and 2017 end Malik Herring from Mary Persons High in Forsythe, Ga.
Among the young offensive linemen expected to visit are 2016 talent Brett Heggie from Mount Dora, Fla., 2017 tackle Austin Troxell from Madison Academy, 2016 guard Brodarius Hamm from Spalding High in Griffin, Ga., and 2016 guard Alex Smith from Etowah High in Woodstock, Ga.
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