Interest is strong for Martin

Jarrell Martin is putting up big numbers this year and college coaches are making him a priority on the recruiting trail.

For four-star power forward Jarrell Martin the season is off to a good start. His Baton Rouge (LA) Madison Prep squad is now 9-1 after a big win, and Martin has been putting up excellent numbers. With that college coaches are making their way down to the bayou to check him out.

"In our game Jarrell went for 16 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists, and four blocked shots," said Madison Prep Head Coach Jeff Jones.

At 6-foot-7 and 210 pounds with an all-around game, it is no surprise that Martin has been pulling in significant interest from college coaches.

"His recruitment is going well," said Jones. "About seven or eight schools have been really consistent. Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Alabama, LSU, Marquette, Louisville, Baylor, Texas, and Mississippi State are some of the schools who have been really consistent recruiting him."

One school with a built in advantage is LSU. LSU is right down the road from Madison Prep, and Martin has had the opportunity to make several unofficial visits to the school. Still the Tigers are not resting on their laurels and have gotten out and made it known that Martin is a priority recruit for them.

"LSU has been to a number of practices and they have been to several games," said Jones. "When we played a tournament earlier in the year Coach (Brent) Scott and Coach (Trent) Johnson both came out, and then this past weekend we had a tournament in Houston and Coach Scott watched it. They have been showing him that he is a major priority."

While LSU is the school that has been seen the most, Martin has also made it to Big XII country for a visit.

"We made an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State for their midnight madness," said Jones. "I was an assistant at Glen Oaks High School, and one of my former players plays for Oklahoma State."

He continued, "Oklahoma State, the atmosphere was crazy. We where there for midnight madness and there were 15,000 fans in there for like a 25 minute scrimmage. The night before their football team played, and I have never seen anything like that and Jarrell hadn't either. That was a neat experience, and they are definitely a basketball school."

For now it is still very early in the process for Martin who is just now beginning to sort things out, but the No. 47 ranked player in the nation has an idea of what will be important to him going forward when looking at schools.

"What's important to him is finding the best situation for him," said Jones. "When you have a lot of schools recruiting you, everybody typically says the same things. He is looking at schools and seeing what they have done with guys his size and at his position, how successful they have been at developing players. He only has one year of playing varsity basketball, so he is a young basketball player and development is the most important thing for him."

Jones went on, "He also wants to go to a successful program that plays on television. He would like to be on a team that can go to the NCAA Tournament and make a long run. He is looking to go where he can get a degree of success that is the best situation for him."

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