Ball State Class of '09: Tony Martin

BallStateInsider.com will continue the tradition of highlighting each player that signs a letter of intent for a given class. This time around it is the class of 2009. Here is a brief scouting report on each of the 22 players in the class. Today we have the fourteenth of those 22 installments.

Tony Martin, 6-1 210 LB, Park Hills, MO (Central)

What he brings: Martin has good size and athleticism to excel at the LB position. Tony played a lot of S in high school and that translates well to a move to LB. He flashed good coverage skills that will be adequate in moving to LB and defending RBs and TEs. A solid open field tackler, Martin and the ability to attack the run.

Areas of improvement: Tony will have a lot of learning to do when it comes to playing the LB position. He is a good athlete and excelled at S in high school, but he will have a lot of work to do when it comes to playing closer to the line of scrimmage and with run/pass recognition. Also, some questions rise on what position Martin best fits. Is he a WILL or a SAM? Martin truly could excel at either spot in my opinion.

BallStateInsider.com grade: Tony Martin has some good natural tools to work with. He is quick and fast and big and will get bigger. Tony's experience at S will be a big plus when he translates to probably a SAM position and any coverage skills he will have to show. Tony will more than likely fill out into a nice SAM LB and be a very productive player in the Ball State defense.


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