- Jeremy Crabtree, RecruitingNation
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: As the nation's No. 2 player, five-star offensive tackle Martez Ivey has a lot of people pulling him in a lot of different directions. But when it comes time to make a decision, Ivey knows whom he can count on. Plus, Steve Spurrier has taken plenty of shots at Alabama and Nick Saban during the offseason, but Tuesday at SEC media days he called Saban a "recruiter for the ages."
Ivey won't let distractions get in the way
Martez Ivey says he gets around 25 phone messages a day from college coaches, reporters and even fans hounding him about what the latest is with his recruitment. Ivey also used words like "crazy" and "impossible" to describe how he feels about the process. But the 6-foot-6, 268-pound five-star offensive tackle said there are a few people he can count on to help him make the final decision.
The most important person, though, is himself.
"My family will definitely be important to be, but I'm the guy," said Ivey, who has scholarship offers from more than 25 schools and admittedly likes both Florida and Auburn. "It's my choice. It's my life. It's just me. My family helped me get here, but it's my choice now."
While he will make the decision on his own, Ivey did admit teammate Chandler Cox is going to also play a factor in what he does. Cox is a three-star tight end that committed to Auburn in late May.
"He's my best friend, and he's committed to Auburn," Ivey said. "He's going to be an influence in my decision, too. I'm always with Chandler 24-7. I can trust him to give it to me for real. I know he wants me to go to Auburn with him, but if he thinks Florida is the right place for me, then he'll tell me to go to Florida."
But Ivey said with a smile that Cox is all about the Tigers right now.
"He's not shy about his opinion," Ivey said. "He thinks Auburn's where it's at for me."
Spurrier praises Saban's recruiting efforts
When you've landed the top-ranked recruiting classes for the past three classes and are well on your way to your fourth, even your critics have to give credit where it's due. That was the case Tuesday when South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier called Alabama's Nick Saban a "recruiter for the ages."
"They've done extremely well, there's no question about that," Spurrier said about Alabama. "I think they've had five No. 1 recruiting classes out of the last six years, which has got to make [Saban] the greatest recruiter in the history of college football."
Alabama wrapped up its third straight No. 1 class in February and have never finished outside of the top three in RecruitingNation's rankings since Saban's first year in Tuscaloosa. Alabama already has 16 ESPN 300 prospects in the 2015 class, well ahead of the top 25 average of only six, and has more top 300 commitments than eight other SEC teams combined.
"Arguably they've got the greatest collection of football players ever assembled on a college team, if the recruiting services are correct," Spurrier said.
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