No decision soon for Martez Ivey; lists tentative visits as Auburn, Florida, LSU, Alabama, FSU

Orlando Sentinel

There was a bit of a social media scuttlebutt on Tuesday that had Apopka's Martez Ivey, the top-ranked offensive tackle in the country by most recruiting websites, ready to make his college commitment.

"Yeah, I don''t know where that's coming from," Ivey said after Tuesday night's  practice. "Some guy from like Tampa called me and asked me that, too."

Ivey has narrowed his choices down to Auburn and Florida, for now, but he doesn't appear to be ready to make a decision anytime soon.  His top two schools could even change when he starts taking his official visits, but for now it's a battle between the Tigers and the Gators.

"I'm not sure yet," Ivey said of his decision timetable. "I definitely want to take my five officials, or however many I decide I want to take. It's Auburn and Florida, but it might change when I go take my officials. I'm not sure where I'm going to go yet, but I've got a couple in my head. I definitely want to go to Florida and Auburn, and I want to get out to LSU and I think Alabama and Florida State, too, maybe."

Ivey kind of laughs off the recruiting process and he'd probably have more scholarship offers listed by his name if he answered his phone, but he said he has not let the recruiting process take over his personal life and he takes everything in stride.

He also said the process has not gotten bothersome.

"I have a chance to say no to anybody who wants to talk to me. I just don't let that get to me at all," he said. "I'll go a couple of weeks or months without responding to anybody just because I'm focused on my team.

"I know what I want for myself and I know what I want to do. It's my choice and I'm going to do it the way I know is best and do it the way I was coached to take this recruitment stuff."

There is one person who is pulling particularly hard for his best friend to pick Auburn, where teammate and fullback Chandler Cox committed on May 31.

When asked how much Cox is pushing him on Auburn, Ivey laugh and said, "A lot."

"Every day," Cox said. "I'm always telling him 'War Eagle and Auburn,' and all that stuff.

"But I also tell him that no matter where he decides to go, I'll be pulling for him 100 percent. We have a friendship that will last a long time, probably forever, so even if we don't play in college together, we'll still be good friends down the road.


Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at Follow us on Twitter at @Os_Recruiting and Facebook at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting, and on Instagram at os_recruiting.

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