The No. 1 player in the country has two favorite schools. So says Apopka (Fla.) offensive tackle Martez Ivey from The Opening in Beaverton, Oregon.
”Right now it’s Auburn and Florida,” Ivey said. “They are my top two schools. I am still looking at a bunch of others but those two really standout and it will likely be the Gators or Tigers. I will make official visits to those schools and probably Alabama, Florida State and LSU.”
Ivey, 6-foot-6, 275-pounds, has had a relatively quiet summer. He most recent visit was to see Auburn. Of course his teammate and very good friend, Chandler Cox (fullback, tight end) is committed to the Tigers as well.
“That’s big and that helps me out a lot because Chandler has always made very smart choices,” Ivey said. “I love that coaching staff. How did coach [Gus] Malzahn get that many great coaches on his staff? It’s amazing. I love the atmosphere there. That’s the school I visited last and I will certainly make an official visit there this fall.”
Most in the Sunshine State believe the Gators will be tough to beat. After all Ivey dreamed of playing in Gainesville.
”I love coach [Will] Muschamp,” Ivey said. “I really do. He’s a great guy and a great coach. There, they make you a man. It’s not just football. That’s the team I grew up cheering for and I have built a relationship with those coaches for some time now. I know that’s a school where I will get better as a player. I love the new offensive line coach and the experience he brings to the program.”
Ivey said he plans on visiting the Gators later this month and participate in Friday Night Lights. As far as any other unofficial visits that’s still up in the air.
”At this point I may only visit Florida this month before the season starts,” Ivey said. “Friday Night Lights is on my birthday and I really look forward to going to that. I may just have to wait until my official visits.
”I love Florida and Auburn but I want to explore all my options. After I make my visits then I will decide when I figure things out. I don’t plan on waiting [until National Signing Day] unless I believe I need the time.
For Ivey, it’s more than just a football decision.
My coach [Rick Darlington] said that I won’t play pro football at Florida or at Auburn or whatever school I pick,” Ivey said. “He’s really preaching that going to college is about becoming a man and getting your academics. You have to do that first before you get to pro ball. I understand that. And I just have to figure out what’s best for me.”