Now that the 2014 class is done and in the clubhouse, it’s time to unveil the nation’s top prospect in the next class and the 2015 Scout.com 300.
Headlining the Class of 2015 is offensive lineman Martez Ivey. This junior offensive tackle from Apopka, Fla. is your prototype from the position. He’s close to 6-foot-6, 285-pounds. Ivey has an enormous frame, great feet and brings intensity on every down.
“That’s really neat for Tez,” said Rick Darlington, Apopka’s coach. “It won’t change him one bit. He’s matured so much these last three years and remains so low key. He won’t get caught up in the hype.
“I know the college coaches think so highly of him. He has size and long arms. He has great hip explosion and plays with a great motor. What I love most is that he wants to put the guy in front of him on the ground on every play.”
It’s crazy to think about the upside of Ivey, especially once he fills out that frame of his.
“His upside is 330-pounds ,” Darlington said. “And you will likely never know it.”
Ivey’s one of the best framed and “long” kids I have ever seen. I mean his arms literally go almost to his knees. Even at his size now Ivey looks like he could easily carry an additional 40-50-pounds. He moves incredibly well. You should see him pull and block on the run. He’s just light on his feet and very athletic (see highlights below).
The Blue Darters ran a single-wing T this season. From a standpoint of run blocking you can see Ivey do it all. They would flip flop him, sometimes he would play on the right side, sometimes on left. Ivey has supreme athletic ability for his size. He shows flexibility and the ability to move and bend. Even at his size he plays with good leverage, whether he’s coming off the ball at the line of scrimmage and going after a moving target when pulling. Ivey can get to the second level. If he doesn’t put a defender on the ground he will sustain his block and drive the opposition backwards.
He currently holds scholarship offers from teams like Florida, Florida State, Auburn, Nebraska, Ohio State, Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Below are some highlights of Ivey from Apopka’s state title game against Homestead South Dade.
Checking in at No. 2 is outside linebacker Malik Jefferson (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet). No. 3 is the newest Clemson Tiger in offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett). No. 4 is another Texan in cornerback Kenny Sheffield (Missouri City, Texas/Marshall). Defensive end CeCe Jefferson (Glen St. Mary, Fla./Baker County) is our No. 5 prospect. Out west the top recruit is cornerbackl Inman Marshall (Long Beach, Calif./Poly).
“Inman is one of the most versatile defensive backs to come out of the West in years,” said Greg Biggins, national recruiting analyst from Scout.com. “At 6-1, 200 pounds, Marshall models his game after Richard Sherman and is the most physical corner to come out in some time. He went through the entire regular season without allowing a single reception and combines high level cover skills while being incredible physical in run support. He's improving his athleticism and has he continues to improve his top end speed, there is no doubt Marshall has a chance to be a very special player at the next level and beyond.”
Jamie has been covering college football recruiting since 1992 and is entering his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSports.com. He’s currently a National Recruiting Analyst and Manager for the state of Florida. Jamie is also covering the NFL Draft for the network.