Making The Most Of His Opportunities

One of the most impressive campers at Auburn's summer passing camp talks about recruiting and his experience at camp.

Tuskegee, Ala.-–Sometimes an unknown player makes a splash at a summer camp and it spurs them on to a solid senior season and college career.

That's exactly what Booker T. Washington's Cedric Ivory is looking for after turning some heads at a recent passing camp on the Auburn campus.

An athletic defender and exciting receiver, the 6-0, 195 Ivory was the modern day invisible man until his camp performances. Receiving attention from just Ole Miss before the camp, Ivory has seen the interest in him rise since that time. One of the reasons for that was his showing against some of the top teams and prospects in the South this season. Facing names like Tommy Trott, Demoreo Ford and others, Ivory more than held his own and says it's good for both his confidence and the future of his team.

Cedric Ivory runs a route during a recent camp.

"It gives us good hope for our season coming up," Ivory tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "We're glad that we have the opportunity to play in a camp against top teams. It's a good experience. It helps me a lot. People look at me. It means a lot to me though. I'm ready to do it again. I'll be back in Auburn on July 17."

A four-year starter with 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash, Ivory plays wide receiver, defensive back, tight end and defensive end for Booker T. Washington. As a junior he had 500 yards receiving and seven touchdowns and added 12 tackles and two interceptions on defense in limited playing time.

In addition to coming back to Auburn for the senior camp later in July, Ivory is planning to attend both the LSU and Mississippi State camps this summer. Despite having the chance to work out for several different schools and perhaps earn a scholarship, Ivory says that he has no favorites, but wouldn't mind staying close to home.

"I was just a fan growing up," Ivory says. "Getting to work out for the Auburn coaches is nice though. It makes me work harder and run harder. Hopefully, they'll notice me. It's real exciting and I enjoy doing it."

There were several other unknown players that stood out during Auburn's camps in June. One of those is a teammate of Ivory's. Defensive back/wide receiver Ontonio Whitaker was impressive and turned some heads with his physical play and good recovery speed at cornerback. The 5-10, 180-pounder will be a player to watch in the coming months.

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