Florida Gators snag top target, five-star OT Martez Ivey, on National Signing Day

By Adam Silverstein
February 4, 2015

The Florida Gators landed their top recruiting target on National Signing Day with five-star offensive tackle Martez Ivey (Apopka, FL) officially announcing his decision to stay in-state and play at Florida over Auburn.

A long-time Florida lean, Ivey (6-foot-6, 275 pounds) is the rated as the No. 2 overall player and No. 1 offensive tackle by the 247Sports Composite.

He has been heavily pursued by the Gators throughout his high school career and was planning to attend Florida until Will Muschamp was fired. Suddenly his recruitment was thrown a bit into flux, but new head coach Jim McElwain retaining offensive line coach Mike Summers helped Ivey remain comfortable with the Gators.

McElwain, Summers and defensive backs coach Kirk Callahan continued pressing Ivey through the last week, ensuring that he understood how bad Florida, which has just seven scholarship offensive linemen returning for 2015, needed his services.

Out of Apopka High School, Ivey is the 16th member of Florida’s 2015 recruiting class and fifth offensive lineman to make his pledge this cycle.

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  1. Ken (CA) says:

    Ah well. I was hopeful, but can’t say hugely surprised considering. Looks like WM is keeping most of his guys that supposedly had been long time Gator fans. At least we got the guys who really want to come here and hopefully we can still close out with a couple more guys. Scary, no QB yet

  2. Dave Massey says:

    Way to go Coach Mac. Hope he gets a chance to whip Cowart in a SECCG.

  3. Mike The Red says:

    Go Gators! This is very, very good news. We really need some OL.

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