Name to Know: Ivory Kelly-Martin

Rising sophomore running back Ivory Kelly-Martin is a name you need to know. It's early in the process, but expect big things as his recruitment progresses.

Even among 200-plus players going through drills, Ivory Kelly-Martin stood out Sunday at Illinois' Lincoln-Way East football camp.

The best part about that -- he's just a rising sophomore.

The 5-10, 171-pound running back from Nazareth Academy (LaGrange Park) knows the recruiting ropes, too. His older brother, 2015 linebacker Decxavier Kelly-Martin, received an offer from Illinois State last week.

The Brothers Martin-Kelly plan to travel the summer circuit in the coming months, hitting as many as 12 camps to showcase their skills.

"It's going to be a busy summer for me," Ivory Kelly-Martin said. "We're trying to get my brother as many offers as we can."

With the older brother focused on offers, the younger one knows his time will come, too.

"Since I've gotten into this process so early, it should be easier (to deal with)," he said. "Our team should be stacked this year, so I'm hoping to run for a lot of yards and win a lot of games. Hopefully that will bring offers, too."

Ivory was one of the top running backs participating on Sunday. He worked through drills under the direction of Illini coach Tim Salem and said he loved the experience.

"This is really fun stuff," he said. "It's great competition. I love competing against other players, against my peers and older guys. It's going to get me ready.

"Each and every camp I get better and I make other people better. I want to show out in front of these coaches and show them I'll work to get better."

It's extremely early in the process for Ivory. But he's set his goals high, with a mature look on all the benefits playing college football could bring.

"I want to go pro," he said of his dream. "If that doesn't work out I want to go to college and get a great education. I'll go with it from there."

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