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Friday, March 22, 2013
Ohio State offers another 2015 lineman

By Brad Bournival

When a Division-I college offers up a scholarship to a sophomore, it can be a humbling experience.

When six schools have thrown out offers, it not only drives individuals to be the best, but pushes them to do just a little more.

For offensive guard Martez Ivey (Apopka, Fla./Apopka), Ohio State’s offer put him on the floor.

Not so much because it came from Ohio State, but that it came from a school whose coach -- Urban Meyer -- has won two national championships.

“Man, it means everything,” Ivey said. “Knowing what he did for the Gators and now what he is doing at Ohio State. I remember when I was in middle school watching him coach the Gators to two national titles, I was like, ‘I would love to play under Urban.’ ”

Ivey now has that chance as the Buckeyes joined Florida, Florida State, Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Carolina as schools that have offered the 6-foot-5, 270-pound Ivey.

Last season, he was an integral part of the Blue Darters’ Class 8A state title as Apopka topped Cypress Bay 53-50 in a record-setting championship.

In that one, the two teams combined for 1,103 yards and Apopka picked up 584 yards, as the Blue Darters finished the season with a 13-2 mark.

But for Ivey, the game is more than what happens between the lines.

“I bring personality [to a team],” Ivey said. “I’m an easy-going person, but as a football player I’m willing to compete. It’s my work ethic and my ability to face adversity.”

Ivey becomes the third sophomore to be offered by the Buckeyes along the offensive line, joining tackles Drew Richmond (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School) and Mitch Hyatt (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett).