Martinez enjoying recruiting process with ASU

Grant Martinez is starting to become a frequent visitor to the Arizona State campus, as he gets to familiarize himself with the new Sun Devil staff and their schemes, and thus far he likes everything he sees and hears from his hometown team. Devils Digest caught up with the Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep tight end to talk about his recruiting experience with ASU.

Last week Grant Martinez took in one of ASU's first spring practices, and came away impressed with the team's tempo and the style of play.

"The coaches were real enthusiastic and the players were always on the go," Martinez described. "The coaches only want to recruit high character players and the coaches were always positive with the players. When they were going 7 on 7 I got to stand behind the offense and watch them run plays with the rest of the recruits that were there and that was really cool.

"It was really also cool hanging out with some of the recruits like Tyler Bruggman and Jake Roh who I know very well. I played sports with them when they were younger and it's nice to know that I have a chance to play with them again in college."

Earlier in the month, Martinez was also part of Arizona State's Junior Day event, where he was able to gain deeper knowledge of the school and the football program.

"We were there for like six hours and they showed us around the campus and all the facilities," Martinez recalled. "A lot of those facilities, like the locker room, I was seeing for the first time so that was cool. All the recruits that were there got to meet with their position coach and they explained to us how they were going to run their system and their philosophies on the game. To me that was the most impressive thing on the visit.

"It was an awesome experience. I really got to see how it would be for a football player on a day by day basis if I went there."

As a junior the 6-5 210-pound Martinez caught 36 passes for 411 yards and six touchdowns. His versatility is one trait that has caught the eye of the Sun Devil staff.

"Coach (Chip) Long who is the tight ends coach told me that he likes how I can go inside throwing blocks and go outside catching the ball," Martinez remarked. "He said that if I came to ASU I could play a three-back which means that I could line up as a receiver, put my hand on the ground on the line of scrimmage or be in the backfield blocking. He said that on film I showed him that I could do all those things. When I saw the tight ends in practice their style was similar to mine and I kind of pictured myself in that position as they were going through their drills.

"I also met with the offensive coordinator Coach (Mike) Norvell who went over the entire offense. They're going to be a fast paced, no-huddle offense that is going to get a play off every 15 seconds. They really spread the ball around and players can really put up big numbers in this offense."

Oregon State marks the tight end's only offer to date, but Martinez said that UCLA, Duke, Colorado, New Mexico and Northwestern have all interest. The Notre Dame Prep standout is expecting his offer sheet to fill up with other programs in the next few months and that includes his hometown school.

"The ASU coaches told me that they want to get to know me better and see more of me before they decide to offer," Martinez explained. "But they told me that they are looking forward to building a relationship with me and they wanted to me to come out to more spring practices and they are going to check me out when I start my high school's spring practice at the end of April.

"I'll play wherever the best fit is for me, but obviously I would love to get an offer from ASU and have them be one of my choices. Academics, campus life, the offensive scheme and the coaches are all things I'm going to consider when I make my decision which school to play for."

Martinez is excited for his senior season and believes that with the large numbers of returning starters on his high school squad the Saints will improve upon their 7-5 record in 2011. The upcoming season will be one of change for Martinez. "We lost one of our defensive ends so I will be playing both ways this year," Martinez said. "Last year I only played tight end. So I'm looking forward to that change."

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