“I’m taking things slow,” Martin said. “I’ll tell you this though, Arizona (State) is at the head of my list though. But, I’m not looking forward to committing anytime soon yet.”
Martin is a defensive end recruit from McDonogh 35 Senior High School in New Orleans. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound pass rusher has been offered a scholarship by ASU and is being recruited to play the Devil linebacker position.
A this stage in Martin’s recruiting process, the devil position and his conversations with defensive line coach Jackie Shipp have peaked his interest in playing for ASU.
Now Martin wants to visit ASU for the first time. He said he hopes to travel to Tempe to watch the Sun Devils’ upcoming spring game.
Other schools vying for Martin’s attention via scholarship offer include Colorado State, Florida State and Kansas State, and a handful of non-BCS programs. Martin also believes he should receive an offer from the University of Arizona soon. Martin has already visited the Seminoles unofficially.
The Devil linebacker is a hybrid defensive end and linebacker that can play from various stances and alignments.
From what Martin has learned about the position, he likes how the Devil is used to get to the quarterback.
“That’s what I like, being a playmaker and getting the ability to rush the passer out there,” Marin said.
If Martin were to attend Arizona State and play defensive line, he would spend most of his time with Shipp. Martin said he has talked a lot with Shipp already.
From their recent conversations, Martin said he has connected with Shipp pretty well already.
“He’s a great guy,” Martin said. “He comes from Oklahoma. We don’t just talk about football. We talk about personal things, family, tough situations going on, stuff like that, from football to life, it does not matter, school. We have a great bond together.”
As of right now, he does not plan on attending any camps at any colleges this summer.
Martin is looking forward to his upcoming unofficial trip to ASU. On the trip he wants to see the facilities and campus but also wants to experience the overall team atmosphere.
“I want to see how the coaches are, how the environment is going on,” Martin said. “Is it a winning environment with kids that strive to get better? Also are the coaches looking to be better coaches?…Is everybody trying to get better? That’s what I want to see.”
Even though Martin is most interested in ASU at this moment, he said he has not narrowed down his choices yet.