2015 Apopka offensive tackle Martez Ivey. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi/The Gainesville Sun)

The Florida Gators held their second Junior Day of the 2015 recruiting cycle Saturday, and there was a much bigger turnout than last weekend’s event.

The visitors list included three recruits ranked in the Top 10 of the ESPN Junior 300. One of them was offensive tackle Martez Ivey, who made the drive from Apopka with teammate Chandler Cox.

Ivey has been to UF four times dating back to June, but Saturday’s trip offered something new.

“I got to meet the O-line coach Mike Summers,” he said. “He’s a smart man. He knows what he’s doing. With 34 years of experience coaching the offensive line, that’s pretty good.”

ESPN ranks Ivey as the nation’s No. 2 offensive tackle and 7th overall prospect. The Gators have been pushing for a commitment from him since he attended summer camp, and that continued on his latest visit.

“Coach Derek Lewis said, ‘Why not?’ He told us to list some reasons why not to come here, and I couldn’t think of one,” Ivey recalled.

However, the 6-foot-5, 265-pounder doesn’t plan to pull the trigger anytime soon. He wants to visit other schools and has interest in Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, LSU, Ohio State and Oklahoma.

Ivey hopes to decide after his senior season, possibly at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

“I don’t have any top (schools) or anything,” he said. “Florida has positioned themselves well though.”

2015 Apopka fullback Chandler Cox. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi/The Gainesville Sun)

Cox is a 6-foot-2, 220-pounder who is being recruited by the Gators as an H-back. He has seven offers so far, but one stands out early.

“Florida is definitely at the top of my list right now,” Cox said. “I’ve been here a lot and developed a good relationship with the coaches.

“That’s very important not just to me, but my mom and my family. So that’s something I really about like Florida, just the people, the atmosphere and the facilities.”

Cox is looking to make a summertime decision, and there’s a chance he and Ivey wind up at UF together.

“That would be awesome” he said. “We live an hour and 15 away, so it’s close (to home).

“And to play with him again at the next level would be awesome. It would be a dream come true. We are like brothers. He’s at my house like four times a week.”

Holland feeling pressure 

2015 Jacksonville Trinity Christian linebacker Jeff Holland. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi/The Gainesville Sun)

Jacksonville Trinity Christian linebacker Jeff Holland, another familiar face at Florida, decided to visit again Saturday instead of attend Alabama’s Junior Day.

It was his first time in Gainesville since his teammate, 2015 safety Deontai Williams, committed to the Gators. UF’s coaches and players are now expecting him to do the same.

“It’s a lot of pressure,” Holland said. “They’re waiting on me to commit. It looks like I will because my teammates has.

“But I’m cool with all the coaches. I know all of them. I just joke with them and have a great time. I hung out with Vernon (Hargreaves III) and Nick (Washinton). Vernon is on me bad. He’s telling me to commit every time I see him. I get texts from him and Nick, so it’s a lot.”

Holland is ranked the No. 1 outside linebacker and 8th overall prospect by ESPN. The 6-foot-2, 226-pounder lists Auburn as his leader ahead of Florida, but his Twitter feed is full of tweets about the Gators.

Is he tipping his hand?

“Not really,” Holland said laughing. “It’s nothing big. I just tweet what’s on my mind. Maybe I’ll start tweeting more about Auburn.”

He was right on cue Sunday.

Johnson enjoys UF

With no safeties in Florida’s 2014 class, the Gators are looking to load up at the position for 2015.

One of their top targets is Miami Killian’s Jaquan Johnson, who visited Saturday.

“Junior Day was nice, I got to see the campus again,” he said. “I haven’t seen it in like two years. I brought my family with me so it was a pretty good experience for us.”

Defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson talked Johnson about what his role would be in UF’s secondary.

“Basically I could come in, and they were going to give me the opportunity to play,” he said of their conversation. “They see me like a Matt Elam safety, sticking with slot receivers.”

Johnson, ranked the No. 10 athlete by ESPN, claims no leaders and doesn’t have a timetable on his decision.

“No one is at the top of the board,” he said. “We are giving everybody an opportunity to talk to me, and we will see who we like the best.

“We plan on visiting several colleges. I’m not really sure right now, but when we get back home we’re going to talk about more and go from there.”

Lawson meets with Roper

2015 Tampa Hillsborough QB Dwayne Lawson. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi/The Gainesville Sun)

Another ESPN Junior 300 visitor was quarterback Dwayne Lawson.

The Gators offered him in early December, and he spent Saturday looking at tape with new Florida offensive coordinator Kurt Roper.

“Spread offense, no-huddle,” Lawson said of what he saw. “I’m not going to get into too much detail because I’m not sure what coach Roper wants me to say. But it was great watching film with him.”

Lawson played with Jordan Sherit at Tampa Hillsborough, and the UF redshirt freshman defensive end has already told his former teammate why he should join the Gators.

“They’re ballers. They ball here. That’s obviously what you want to go to college for —  to ball,” Lawson said of Sherit’s sales pitch.

The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder plans to take his recruitment to all the way to signing day. He currently has a Top 3 of Florida, UCF and Tennessee.

Scenes from Saturday

Some other 2015 attendees for Junior Day were Tarpon Springs East Lake receiver George Campbell, Orlando Timber Creek running back Jacques Patrick, Orlando Olympia quarterback Deondre Francois, Orlando Oak Ridge receiver Nyqwan Murray, Deerfield Beach defensive end Jason Strowbridge and Lawrenceville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett linebacker Adonis Thomas.

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