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Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Predictions for 5-Star Martez Ivey

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IApril 2, 2014

Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Predictions for 5-Star Martez Ivey

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    Martez Ivey is a 5-star offensive tackle who is one of the most athletic blockers ever evaluated at the high school level.

    The sky is the limit for Ivey, as he could develop into an All-American left tackle in college. His size and potential are just two of the many reasons college coaches are drooling over him, and he has offers from a ton of elite programs.

    Ivey warrants an in-depth look as a prospect.

Who Is Martez Ivey?

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    Ivey is a talented left tackle who plays for Apopka High School in Florida. He has made a name for himself in the Sunshine State by shadowing rushers and driving away defenders in the trenches.

    He has been invited to play in both the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the Under Armour All-America Game in 2015, so he'll have to choose which premier all-star game he wants to play in. Yet, before that, Ivey will have the option of participating in The Opening this summer, according to 247Sports

    He is No. 1 in the Scout 300, No. 5 in the 247Sports composite rankings and No. 21 in the Rivals 250.

Martez Ivey's Scouting Report: Strengths

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    At 6'6" and 270 pounds, Ivey has an ideal frame for a left tackle. He has long arms, plus he could easily gain 40 pounds between now and the end of his senior season in college.

    Ivey's best trait right now is his natural athleticism. He bends well at the knees, which allows him to fire low out of his stance when setting up as a pass-protector. The Florida native is such a quick big man that he is rarely beat to his deep post when deep-setting.

    Ivey has the agility and short-area quickness to slide and mirror in space with ease. He can wash rushers up and around the pocket, plus he can cut off inside moves. 

    In the running game, Ivey can get his hat on targets on the second level in and out of his track. His athleticism helps him settle down to hit moving targets, and he has the explosiveness and movement skills to be used on pulls, traps, counters and down-blocks.

    If you're looking for a quick and athletic left tackle with a world of potential, Ivey is your man. 

Martez Ivey's Scouting Report: Weaknesses

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    Ivey is a raw offensive lineman, and like with any raw blocker, he plays too high. He needs to lower his pad level, because college pass-rushers will be able to get under his pads at the point of attack if he doesn't.

    Next, Ivey needs to work on his footwork and technique. He gets away with being more athletic than his competition, but college defensive linemen will be able to take advantage of his poor hand placement and inconsistent footwork.

    Finally, he needs to get stronger. Ivey will struggle versus powerful opponents at the point of attack, plus he lacks a stout anchor.

Martez Ivey's Junior Highlights

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    Here's a highlight tape of Ivey's junior season at Apopka. Look at the easy movement and pulling ability on the first play of the tape and at 1:32. 

Martez Ivey's Sophomore Highlights

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    This is a highlight reel of Ivey from his sophomore season. His lack of strength and good technique, along with his raw quickness and athleticism, are evident on many plays during this look.

Predictions

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    Alabama, Auburn and South Carolina are among Ivey's top schools, according to 247Sports. However, he will sign with Florida.

    Interestingly enough, Ivey is nearly a clone of current Gator left tackle D.J. Humphries. He probably will not be ready to play a significant role as a true freshman, as he'll need to get stronger by spending a considerable amount of time in the weight room.

    Yet he'll leave Gainesville as a decorated left tackle.

    Amy Campbell of Scout.com wrote on March 14, "Ivey is dominant on the line and has his pick of colleges." 

     

    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports.
    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.

     

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns. 

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