Prichard, Ala.--One of the more intriguing prospects in Alabama for the 2019 class lines up for the Blount Leopards and plays a position that has become one of the most important in football.
A powerful linebacker who has transitioned well to rushing the passer off the edge, 6-0, 235 Cortlin Martin is a player who has been compared favorably to guys like Carl Lawson and former Alabama standout Courtney Upshaw. He said that’s something that has always been his calling card.
“When I played pop ball (Pop Warner league) they tried to hold me back,” Martin said. “They called me Jadeveon Clowney and said I was a future middle linebacker for Alabama. I was getting praise early, but I just stayed humble.”
Just heading into his junior season, Martin noted that he is excited about the opportunity he has had in the spring to show what he can do with teammates such as Collins Woods and Lebarron Jones getting plenty of attention.
“I think it’s an opportunity for me,” Martin said. “We are great on both sides of the ball and special teams we are outstanding. We should be good.”
Still waiting on his first offer, Martin said he is already hearing from Auburn, Michigan, and Memphis early in the process.
Recruiting the Mobile area for Auburn, Coach Travis Williams has made Blount a point of emphasis and he has already found a guy he likes in Martin. That is something the upcoming junior said is just fine with him.
“That is a great honor to catch the eye of a coach from Auburn,” Martin said. “That’s outstanding for a coach to come look at me. It’s crazy. I’m just in the 10th grade so I hope down the line I have more offers.”
Running a personal best time of 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash, Martin also benches 315 pounds and has a squat of 405 pounds.
Now he’s getting ready to showcase what he can do on several college campuses for camps.
“My first trip is to Auburn,” Martin said. “I’m going to try to go to Michigan and Memphis as well.”