It was a block scheduling day on Wednesday at Clovis (Calif.) Clovis West, but with three classes to focus on, by the end of the day, Adrian Martinez was a bit flighty, for a better reason than youthful distraction.
"You have no idea, man," Martinez told BearTerritory. "I swear, I was trying to focus, but I could not. I was like, 'Cal just offered me; I'm on Cloud Nine.' At football practice, it helped, because I brought some energy, more than usual. I had a really good practice."
Martinez, with his cumulative 3.5 GPA, also got his work done in his final class -- Anatomy -- because he knows that the academic component at Berkeley is on of the big draws, ever since he visited in the spring.
"It's the school that I've visualized myself going to, since I'd taken that visit," Martinez said. "Looking at the culture of the school there, as far as academics -- I plan on majoring in business, and their business school is top-notch -- and the football program is on the rise. With coach Spavital, who I've had discussions with, he things he can utilize my skill set and my abilities to their full potential, and get me to where I can be at my best, I think that's a great opportunity. That's something I'm really excited about, because I trust coach Spavital already, that he'll do the best for me, if I decide that down the road. I know he's a great offensive coordinator and a great football coach."
During the spring evaluation period, Spavital saw Martinez, and saw enough in the 6-foot-3, 185-pounder to keep an eye on him. So far in two games, including a 28-24 loss to reigning Central Section champions Bakersfield (Calif.) Liberty and a 44-7 win over Cal commit Gabe Cherry's Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1671878-adrian-martinez-ta... "I respect his game a lot. He's a really good player, a big, mean defensive lineman," Martinez said. However, he continued, Cherry didn't hit him.
I take pride in not letting any sacks happen," Martinez said. "I wouldn't let that happen. It's part O-line, part me."
Last season, Martinez completed 163 of 319 passes (51.1%) for 1,672 yards, 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
In the first two games this season, Martinez has completed 28 of 56 passes for 382 yards and six touchdowns, and he's run for a team-leading 166 yards on 17 carries, with one touchdown. He threw for two and ran for one against Liberty, and threw for four more in the first half alone against Centennial, before taking a seat at halftime. In each game, he's had nearly 300 total yards of offense. He's seen his yards per attempt jump from 5.24 as a sophomore to 6.82 as a junior.
"They saw that I'd improved a lot over the course of when they saw me throw in the spring, and my highlights from this year," Martinez said. "We've kind of kept in contact. Coach Spav said he'd keep his eye on me, and I've been working hard, getting in the weight room, and making sure everything was where I wanted to be, and I had a good showing these last two games.
"Coach Spav was watching me, and he said, 'We see that you have a really good work ethic, and you've been working on your game, and we finally got your transcripts in, and we love everything we see,' and they extended the offer. I couldn't be any happier. I'm on Cloud Nine right now."
Martinez's first offer was from nearby Fresno State, and he then scored another from Nevada, and then, after his offer from the Bears, his phone started buzzing. Soon after he talked with BearTerritory, he pulled down one from Colorado State.
"It's a copycat deal. I hear it happens all the time. But, I think it means something that Cal was the first Power 5 school to offer me," Martinez said. "They saw something in me first. They weren't my first offer, but they were my first Pac-12 offer. If, later, down the line, I get more, I'll always put some value in my first. They believed in me before anyone else believed in me."
That early start should pay dividends sooner rather than later. He has a bye week in four weeks, the same weekend as Cal plays Utah.
"I know for sure that me and my dad, and probably my family, too, are going to come take a trip to come see a game soon, whenever we can," Martinez said. "That'll definitely be a priority for me."null