California speedster commits to Cats

Arizona received it's second commitment the other day, when Jason Martin from Muir High School in Pasadena joined team mate Ryan O'Hara in announcing his intentions to play for the Wildcats.

The 170 pound Martin plays both defensive back and wide receiver. Even though his best friend is a quarterback Martin prefers the defensive side of the ball.

"I'm a DB primarily," Martin said. "If the coaches want me to come to the offensive side of the ball I will, but I prefer defense."

Martin doesn't know if how he'll factor into the team's plans his first year, but there appears to be a great opportunity for the 4.4 speedster to make an early impact.

"Next year they will be slim in the secondary so if they need me to step in as a freshman I'll be ready."

Like his buddy O'Hara, Martin was very impressed with the Wildcat coaches and had the benefit of attending the Arizona summer camp.

"I loved the camp," Martin said. "I learned a lot from Coach Bernstein and Coach Ianello. I always want to learn new things, especially about football."

A long time fan of the Desert Swarm defense, Martin was thrilled to meet the defense's architect Larry Mac Duff.

"I was talking to Coach Bernstein and mentioned to him that I loved it (Desert Swarm) since I was a kid. He pointed over to Coach Mac Duff and said 'that's the coach that started it.' I walked over and had a very nice conversation with Coach Mac Duff."

In addition to the coaching staff, Martin was impressed by the facilities.

"I loved the campus," said Martin. "With the new facilities they are building. They've got a new weight room, a new student center, plus the incoming freshman center. It's a nice coincidence that the freshman center will be completed when I am an incoming freshman."

The torn up campus didn't detract from Martin's enjoyment of the Arizona experience.

"Things can't come out brand new," Martin said.

Martin is thrilled that his team mate and friend O'Hara will also be a Wildcat, but O'Hara's commitment did not cause Martin to join him.

"I decided what college I wanted to go to," Martin said. It's a beautiful thing that Ryan chose the same school. We've wanted to go to the same college since third grade."

Last season at Monrovia High School Martin saw most of his time at corner back. He had five interceptions and over fifty tackles. In limited time on offense he managed 12 receptions for 250 yards and three touchdowns.

Both he and O'Hara transferred to Muir and he expects to see more time on offense.

In addition to Arizona Martin had camped at UCLA, but that appears to be it for him.

"I was supposed to go to USC and Washington this week, but now there is no point in going."


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