Young Linebacker Attracting Attention

Linebacker Jimmy Martin talks about his visit to an Auburn football camp.

Maitland, Fla.--In attendance at Auburn's football camp on Saturday was one of the class of 2015's promising young players, Jimmy Martin.

The middle linebacker was named a Max Preps All-American his freshman year and was the only freshman invited to the Under Armour All-American Combine.

"Everything went awesome," Martin told Inside the Auburn Tigers when asked about the camp. "A lot of competition out there, of course, a lot of talent, definitely a lot of linebackers to compete against, just overall a great day. I thought I did good, especially with the combine testing."

The sophomore, who plays both fullback and linebacker but focuses on the defensive side of the ball, said he learned a lot from the camp. "For linebackers you need good hips and good rotation to get back in the coverage, but also play the run so I definitely improved on that."

Being his first trip to Auburn, Martin said he enjoyed the facilities, including the weight room and indoor practice facility. He noted despite not being able to go into the stadium, it looked big. Overall, the 5-11, 202 linebacker said he liked that the coaches "knew what they were talking about."

"We went into the classroom for lunch and they were going over six basic defenses and went into details about coverages and where to go and what to do," Martin said.

The young prospect, who is 5-10 1/2, 202 pounds, is not slowing down after Auburn's camp as he and his dad are visiting Vanderbilt followed by trips to Alabama, Tennessee and Florida State.

"It is exciting, it's awesome," he noted. "Just to know that when you put the work in and the dedication you get people looking at you and they get an interest in you."

While Miami has shown a lot of attention to Martin, inviting him to its spring game and a regular season game, he said he likes all of the schools.

"I like Auburn and I'm probably going to like Vanderbilt and Alabama," Martin said. "It's so early in the process that I don't know what I'm going to study or what I'm going to do."

Still being an underclassman at Orangewood Christian in Maitland, Fla., Martin said his primary goal for the 2012 season is to lead the team and bring unity.

"Since we lost some of our starters last year and the year before and we're a young team, my goals for the season are to try to lead this team," he said. "I just want us to come together as a team."

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