Martez Ivey and his Apopka team won the Class 8A state championship Saturday with a 30-23 win over Miami Columbus.
The five-star offensive tackle was overwhelmed with emotion after the game, a feeling he wanted to embrace before his recruitment heats up.
“I’m excited, you know?” Ivey said. “This moment right here, I’m not going to let college take this away right now. I’m hoping to make a decision soon. I’m going to think about it over Christmas break and just pray about it. Hopefully I make the right decision.”
According to Ivey, who is “50-50” between Auburn and Florida, his decision won’t be influenced by anyone.
Not Chandler Cox, his teammate and Auburn early enrollee.
“That’s my best friend right there,” Ivey said. “I can’t even express how much I love him, you know. I’d do anything for him. But, it’s a business decision. Hopefully, I want to go play in the NFL one day and I want to make a choice that’s going to benefit me and what’s going to get me there. When it comes down to picking a college, just because he’s at Auburn, I can’t let that affect me.”
Not Will Muschamp, who is now the defensive coordinator at Auburn and spoke to Ivey before Saturday’s game.
“I like Muschamp as a head coach, but you can’t go to school off of coaches and you can’t let that affect your decision. The coaches come and go. It’s a business at the end of the day. You get paid to win, you don’t get paid to lose. You never know what might happen. You might have a down year one year and they fire the whole staff, so I’m not going to a school off a coach.”
That includes UF coach Jim McElwain, who visited Ivey last Monday with offensive line coach Mike Summers.
“It was pretty good,” Ivey said of the visit. “I like the confidence he had and what he had to bring. He was just being himself. He wasn’t trying to be like the extraordinary, just trying to go out of his way to try and recruit me. He wants me there because of who he is. He doesn’t want to sell fake recruiting to me, so that’s definitely what I got from him. He’s just being him.”
For Ivey, a 6-foot-6, 270-pound U.S. Army All-American who might announce at the game next month, his decision will come down to where he fits in, feels comfortable and has an opportunity to take his game to the next level.
“Whenever I get that feeling,” Ivey said. “I’ve been getting certain feelings lately like I’ve never had been before about colleges.
“Being comfortable, definitely being comfortable (matters most). Where I feel I could be at for the next four years, next three years. I just want to be comfortable in what I have to do and where I want to be at. … You can’t really find negatives about a school, it’s about what fits you and what’s best for you.”
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