No. 1 OL Martez Ivey committing to Florida or Auburn on Signing Day

from SBNation.com

Martez Ivey, the No. 2 national recruit according to the 247Sports Composite, will commit during Wednesday’s National Signing Day around 11 a.m. ET on ESPNU. Cowart is a consensus five-star recruit who received a nearly perfect composite rating of 0.9990 and is listed as the No. 1 offensive tackle in the nation.

Auburn and Florida are his only two finalists, and this could go either way.

“Fullback Chandler Cox, his friend and teammate, is committed to Auburn,” predicts Bud Elliott, “but Ivey has a good relationship with Florida offensive line coach Mike Summers, and the Gators have only eight returning scholarship linemen. The early playing time keeps Ivey home with the Gators.”

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Ivey is a 6’6, 275-pound offensive lineman with a reported 40-yard dash time of 5.2 seconds. During his senior season at Apopka High School in Apopka, Fla., Ivey helped lead the Blue Darters to a 15-0 record and the Florida Class 8A state championship.

He took an official visit to LSU in December and took a pair of unofficial visits to Florida State in November and April, but experts never considered Ivey to be a serious candidate for any schools other than Auburn or Florida. He’s said he was “50/50” between the two in December.

With no clear-cut consensus for the top prospect in the nation, there’s an argument to be made for Ivey as the No. 1 recruit. Wescott Eberts think he’s one of five players with an argument as the No. 1 football prospect of 2015 because of his elite physical makeup and ability to dominate in both the passing and running game:

Defensive linemen make up the rest of this list. But a left tackle is the cornerstone of a program, tasked with protecting the blindside of the quarterback. And Ivey is an elite left tackle prospect and arguably the best player in the country because he can run block and pass protect equally well, packs a strong punch with his hands, and has the length to engulf most opponents.

Elliott agrees in his scouting report and believes the offensive tackle should have a strong chance to be a multi-year starter and strong pass protector, although there isn’t much tape to support that claim:

He plays in a very run-oriented Wing-T offense, sometimes even lining up at guard. His stance has a lot of weight on his front hand, and is not the typical tackle stance. This did improve as a junior.

While I believe Ivey will be a good pass protector at the college level, that is almost entirely based on his size, length and light feet. He simply doesn’t have much film of pass protecting to evaluate.

Ivey was originally set to announce his decision at the Army All-America Bowl, but instead elected to wait. He was awarded the national player of the year award at a banquet prior to the event.

Also, here is a symopsis on Ivey from Breitbart Sports:

4. OT Martez Ivey, Apopka (Apopka, FL) 6’6”, 275lbs.—Ivey’s frame and feet have coaches drooling, and he uses his hands well and plays with natural aggression. Though he will need to add bulk to reach his full potential, his ceiling is arguably higher than anyone else in the class. He is that rare player who really may be the best tackle prospect coming out of high school in the last several years. Still, it is easier to peg Ivey as a future #1 draft pick than an early high impact player at either Auburn or Florida.

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