NCF On The Trail: Martez Ivey

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Decision looming for 5-star Martez Ivey 

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Five-star offensive tackle Martez Ivey led his team, Apopka (Florida) High School, to a 30-23 win over Miami Columbus in the FHSAA 8A state championship game on Saturday.

Just hours earlier, the No. 3-ranked player in the nation talked to new Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, who had been recruiting Ivey when he was the head coach at Florida. Florida and Auburn have been Ivey’s top two schools for some time so with Muschamp heading to Auburn, could the momentum have shifted in the Tigers' direction?

Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

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With Alabama winning the SEC championship on Saturday and the college football playoff now set, SEC schools can now turn their focus to recruiting. Despite there being only one game this weekend, there was still a bunch of recruiting news from around the SEC. There was a couple of big commitments, a few decommitments, a big decision date was announced and some important in-home visits. Here’s a closer look at the top recruiting news from around the conference.


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SEC season recruiting superlatives 

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Looking back at the just-completed regular season, it has been another wild year in the SEC, both on the field and in recruiting. There have been several huge commitments, some big decommitments and, as always, a few surprises. Here’s a closer look at the the SEC’s recruiting superlatives.


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The Florida Gators officially named Jim McElwain their new head coach on Thursday. The former Alabama offensive coordinator from 2008-11 will replace Will Muschamp, who was a strong recruiter for the Gators.

Florida, however, has only nine commitments in its 2015 class, which is last in the SEC.

With Muschamp’s job in limbo the last half of the season, the Gators found it difficult to land some of the prized recruits who were high on Florida early in the process. Top offensive targets like Ray-Ray McCloud III, Deon Cain and George Campbell committed to other schools, while prospects such as five-stars Byron Cowart, Martez Ivey and CeCe Jefferson waited to see how the coaching situation played out.

Now that McElwain is on board, Florida will turn its attention to hiring a coaching staff and to recruiting. Several key targets are still on the Gators’ recruiting board. Here’s a closer look at Florida’s recruiting priorities moving forward and some recruits' reactions to the coaching change:


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#AskLoogs: Martez Ivey's ceiling

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Just about as high as it can be when you consider the offensive system Martez Ivey plays in at Apopka, especially as a pass-protector. He has a Laremy Tunsil-type skill set. He is in a run-oriented scheme out of a 3-point stance and his athleticism is accentuated in the run game when asked to pull and work up to the second level, but he doesn’t have many pure dropback opportunities. Through coaching, technique, knowledge of the game and physical/mental maturity he has a chance to really blossom as much or more than any offensive tackle in recent years.

Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

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As always there was a ton of recruiting news from around the Southeastern Conference. Florida head coach Will Muschamp announced he will step down from his position at the end of the season, there were key visits and new offers over the weekend. Here's a closer look at the top recruiting news from around the conference.


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Florida head coach Will Muschamp will step down at the end of this season, the school announced Sunday, just one day after Florida fell to 5-4 with a 23-20 overtime loss to South Carolina.

The Gators' struggles on the field over the past two seasons have started to affect their recruiting. Florida has only nine commits in the 2015 class, a number that ranks last in the SEC. Florida also recently lost commitments from two ESPN 300 linebackers, Adonis Thomas and Jerome Baker.

Several recruits weighed in on the Muschamp news shortly after it was reported.


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SEC's top recruiting visits 

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Saturday's Alabama-at-LSU game, as always, is loaded with big-time prospects making recruiting visits. Auburn is expected to have at least two key visitors in for its game against Texas A&M and Vanderbilt is hoping to build some momentum by bringing in some visitors for the Florida game. Here’s a closer look at some of the top recruits making visits to SEC schools this weekend.


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Five-star Torrance Gibson is slated to announce his decision Monday, and there's expectations that it'll be a good day to be a Buckeye. Plus, Florida and Maryland's recruiting efforts could get a real shot in the arm after big victories this weekend over recruiting rivals.

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Five-star Martez Ivey talks recruiting 

October, 30, 2014
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APOPKA, Fla. -- Martez Ivey is the top-rated offensive lineman in the ESPN 300 and has scholarship offers from just about every school in the Southeast.

Apopka High School coach Rick Darlington said his star offensive tackle, the No. 3 overall prospect in the nation, is arguably the best player he’ has coached.

"As a person, he cares about other people, he’s a very good leader and he plays for his teammates," Darlington said. "He cares about them. He’s the same guy every day. He doesn’t have bad days. I’ve never seen him in a bad mood. He’s a consistent, low-key person and a phenomenal leader.”

Ivey’s humble attitude has made him a leader and a captain for Apopka, but it’s his presence on the field that has turned him into an All-American.

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"As a player, he’s off-the-charts tenacious,” Darlington said. "He wants to finish blocks. He gets on people and stays on them and he’s very athletic. You see how he runs. To run that well at that size -- he’s 270 and he’ll play in the SEC at 330. He’s got arms that go across the room. He’ll be a great great player. He’s very tenacious, flexible and he’s a smart player.”

As Ivey’s senior season winds down and signing day quickly approaches, the 6-foot-6 athlete took time out of his day to answer some questions about his recruitment.


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Factors outside of football are going to be key to Florida’s pursuit of five-star offensive tackle Martez Ivey. Plus, there are so many elite players in the West still on the board that sometimes fans forget about other ESPN 300 prospects like Zach Robertson.

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ESPN 300: Five things to know in the SEC 

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The SEC has an impressive 89 committed prospects in the updated ESPN 300 rankings. While the SEC West has been dominant on the field, 13 of the 14 SEC schools are ranked in the top 40 of the RecruitingNation class rankings. Here’s a closer look at five things to know in the SEC from the new recruiting rankings.


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Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

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There once again was a lot of big recruiting news from around the Southeastern Conference over the weekend. There was a big commitment, key visits and several new offers. Here's a closer look at the top recruiting news from around the conference.


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Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

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As always there was a ton of recruiting news from around the Southeastern Conference. There were a few big commitments, key visits and new offers over the weekend. Here's a closer look at the top recruiting news from around the conference.


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