Defensive Tackle Eyes Out of State Schools

There are very few states that can claim to be a fertile recruiting ground as Florida is. Furthermore, the Sunshine state is home to esteemed football programs such as Miami, Florida and Florida State that fill their rosters with mainly home state talent. However, going to college is sometimes about maturing and being your own person, which is perhaps why Jared Martin is visiting ASU this weekend and is generally looking at schools hundreds if not thousands of miles away from Davie, Fla.

"I just want a total change from Florida, and Arizona is very different than Florida," said the 6-1 292 Jared Martin. "I like the warm weather too. I want to get out of Florida and experience something different." The Sun Devils' defensive coordinator Bill Miller has been pursuing the defensive tackle since spring, when he also offered him a scholarship. Martin admitted that he naturally doesn't know much about ASU, but has heard that "It is a good program that has produced good defensive linemen."

As a junior, Martin had 69 tackles, six forced fumbles, three sacks, and in his senior campaign he has amassed more than 50 tackles. "My strong points are my upper body strength and my lateral quickness," he said as he described his attributes. "I probably need to work on my pass rush. I'm a good run blocker, but on pass rush I can only get pressure on the quarterback, but not get the sack." Martin does also take some snaps on the offensive line for the Western High School Wildcats.

Martin has already visited Colorado and Pittsburgh and the schools may have a slight edge in his eyes just because he hasn't tripped to ASU and Minnesota which is scheduled next week, "I have four schools I'm looking at," he stated, "and the only thing Colorado and Pittsburgh have over ASU and Minnesota is that I visited them. I expect to make a decision late December or early January."

When asked to list the factors that aid him in his ultimate decision, he replied: "How often my parents can see me on TV., the football atmosphere, what kind of program they have, and how the team clicks with each other."

Martin carries a 2.8 core GPA and scored a 960 on the SAT and should be academically qualified.

Sun Devil Source Top Stories