Martinez impressed with ASU following visit

Relieved is how Grant Martinez felt when the hometown Sun Devils offered him a scholarship last Friday. Intrigued is how the Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep tight end felt after unofficially visiting ASU with his parents on Wednesday afternoon.

"The visit went very well," Martinez said. "I spent a lot of time with Coach Graham, Coach Norvell and Coach Long. I also met with the Strength and Conditioning Coach, the academic advisor and just had a great time. It was good to see how much they care about you as a student, and not just a football player. I really enjoyed that part of the visit.

"I've been there before and toured the facilities on Junior Day, but this is the first time I really got to sit down with all the coaches, go over game film and see what a great fit I can be in their offense. When I watch how they use the tight end I can definitely see myself playing there."

As a junior the 6-5 210-pound Grant Martinez caught 36 passes for 411 yards and six touchdowns, and his versatility is very appealing to the ASU staff.

"They said they can use me as a three-back, which is basically a fullback," Martinez explained, "a tight end or just a basic receiver. So with my skill set they see me playing all three positions. The thing I was impressed with the most during the visit was seeing all the tight end plays they had when they coached at Tulsa and Pittsburgh. It was really special that they took the time to show me all this film on how they use the tight ends in their offense."

Martinez has always been open about his affinity to Arizona State and was naturally elated once the Sun Devils did extend him a scholarship offer following his play last Friday in the team's passing league.

"I wanted to show the coaching staff that I did deserve to get an offer," Martinez admitted, "and I'm happy I was able to show them on Friday. I really like Arizona State and they have always been one of my top schools. The coaches are really straight forward with me, telling me what they need me for. I have a great relationship with them. I know I'm going to need to work very hard if I come here, but that's OK.

"Visiting this time did feel different because now I have the offer from them. It was great that my parents were with me during the visit so they could see everything."

The tight end has over ten offers from schools such as Oregon State, Duke, Iowa State and Utah. Stanford and Oregon have shown interest in Martinez, and he will visit both schools as well as Oregon State next week. A visit to Duke later this summer is a also a possibility.

"I want to definitely commit before the season starts," Martinez remarked, "but I want to first visit Stanford and the Oregon schools before deciding. I want to see all the schools that I'm interested in before I make a decision.

"When I choose a school I will obviously look at the relationship I have with the coaches, and their character. I'm also going to consider how the offense will fit me and my skills. Academics are huge with me too. Location isn't that important to me, but staying close to home and in the Pac-12 would be a positive."

Due to the offer he received just days ago, needless to say that ASU's stock with Martinez was already high prior to today's visit. Nonetheless, Martinez confessed that his feelings towards Arizona State only grew stronger as he left campus.

"They really showed me who they are and I can definitely see myself playing there," Martinez said. "They were some stuff that my parents and I were unclear about (the school) but after today we have a much better understanding of the coaching staff and Arizona State as a whole."


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