As part of our wide-ranging conversation on Sunday with 2018 California quarterback commit Adrian Martinez, we chatted not only about the firing of head coach Sonny Dykes, but Martinez's recent trip out to Florida, for the Future 50, presented by Under Armour.
The event brought Martinez and another Jake Spavital quarterback target -- 2019 King's Academy signal-caller Michael Johnson Jr. -- together under the auspices of the Under Armour All-American Game. Martinez will in all likelihood be a four-star prospect, before all is said and done, and is one of the best young passers on the West Coast. He got to strut his stuff in gear that he'll be wearing once he arrives on campus.
http://www.scout.com/recruiting/story/1741983-under-armour-future-50-not... "I couldn't turn down that opportunity," Martinez said. "When I finally got there, it was amazing. Under Armour did everything right. They treated us so well. They paid for everything. They decked us out in a bunch of gear, and I got to compete with the best guys, which was really cool. It was a humbling experience, and also a confidence booster, because I think I'm right there, if not better than all the guys who were invited, regardless of whether they were ranked above me or below me. It was cool getting to meet guys from different places who've experienced the same things I have, as far as recruiting, and different trials they've faced. It was cool. It was cool to meet those guys."
The experience included meeting Deion Sanders, as well as a seminar by the NFLPA, which included a talk from Herm Edwards, a Cal defensive back in 1972 and 1974, before he transferred to San Diego State.
"I did not know he played at Cal," Martinez said. "The thing is, I actually introduced myself to Herm Edwards, we got talking, and he actually ended up introducing me to his wife, and I took pictures with his kids and we had a really cool conversation. I kind of got close with Herm Edwards over the trip."
As for the gear, Martinez has been wearing Under Armour -- which will start outfitting Cal athletes in July of 2017 -- since he entered Clovis (Calif.) Clovis West.
"It's awesome. I've been wearing Under Armour cleats since my freshman year, so it was really cool to kind of get decked out in all the other stuff, too," Martinez said. "It was cool to be a part of the input process, and how they produce certain things. I'm very happy I got to be there."
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1744196-four-months-for-th...Under Armour hosted a focus group, of sorts, of the athletes at the event, finding out how to improve its products, from shirts and jerseys to cleats and socks.
"They had these focus groups of guys who they talked to, and asked questions -- what did they need to do to get to that next level, and what we thought of their brand, the perception of their brand, among the top players in the country, which I think is a great idea," Martinez said. "That's a great start, because you want that feedback when you want to get your brand to the next level. They were asking us exactly what we think they should do to kind of get to that next level. I thought that was really cool that I got to be a part of that."