South Florida Sleeper Opening Eyes

Every year South Florida produces some of the top talent in the nation. This year is no different. One name that you will hear more about in the coming months and as we get close to National Signing Day is <b>Jared Martin</b> of Western High School.

Jared Martin along with Marcus Gilbert, Charles Deas and Sam Young all attended the Perfect Competition Camp in Davie, Florida this past weekend. The highlight of the camp was when Young and Martin lined up against each other in the lineman drills. Though Young got the best of most of the competition there Martin more than held his own when they faced each other. The best part of this talented athlete is his hard work in the classroom has paid off. He carries a 3.04 GPA. Martin will take the SAT in May.

When the recruiting process starts Martin will look to open some eyes this fall. He impressed those in attendance this weekend. What will it take for Martin to do the same this upcoming fall. We had the chance to talk to Martin Coach Doug Dutton and here is what he had to say about his talented prospect. "Martin is without question one of the best players I have worked with at Western. Jared is big, strong, and physical and will only get better once he gets to the next level."

Also in attendance at the Perfect Competition Camp in Davie, Florida was Scout.com and Floridakids.us Larry Blustein. Here is what he had to say about Martin, "Martin is one prospect to really keep an eye on this year. He had the chance to showcase his talent this weekend and didn't disappoint."

Scott Kennedy of Scout.com was in attendance as well and here is what he had to say about Martin, "Martin had a quick first step for a player of his size and went hard in every drill all day long. He has a very bright future ahead of him on the defensive line."

Scout.com caught up with Martin after the camp and asked him about his impressions about the 1st Annual Perfect Competition Camp in Davie Florida. We spoke about the nutrition session of the camp, "I did not realize how unhealthy I eat. I now know what I need to put in my body to continue to get better on and off the field."

One battle that was fun to watch on Saturday was when Martin had the chance to go head-to-head with Sam Young from Saint Thomas Aquinas. So what was it like for Martin to go up against one of the best offensive line prospects in the country, "I liked it, that type of competition is what it's all about. I will only get better facing off against guys like him. I also like it because he is so much bigger and the challenge of beating someone like that is not very easy."

As good as Sam Young is and will be, Martin greatest challenge last year and most likely this year again will be from Young's teammate at Saint Thomas center Daniel Wegner. Martin plays defensive tackle and will go head to head with Wegner again this year. "Daniel was the best offensive lineman I faced all year last season. I can't wait to face him again this year."

When it comes to improving his game Martin wants to continue getting better. We spoke with Martin about what he needed to improve on most this off-season, "Last year I did not get many sacks so improving my pass rush skills is a priority this off season. To do that I need to improve my hands, if I use my hands better it will be easier to shed blocks and sack the quarterback.

Martin top five schools at this time, "I like Auburn, NC State, Florida, LSU and Texas."

Camps: Down and Dirty, Will also attend the camp at UF this summer.


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