Maryland Athlete Looking For Offers

Clarksville, Md., native Zach Martin has built an impressive resume over the past few seasons at River Hill High School and has been in contact with a number of Division I programs over the past few months.

Last season Zach Martin helped lead River Hill to a state championship game appearance against Friendly, however the Hawks fell a bit short in that game. This season, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound two-way starter will look to lead his team again to the promise land and hopes to find his future home in the process.

"Maryland, Connecticut and Northwestern have shown the most interest," Martin said. "Duke just popped onto the radar lately too, so I'll camp there this summer and I'm also hearing from some Ivy League programs like Yale and Brown."

Martin, the reigning Howard County Player of the Year had absolutely awesome statistics last season and has great instincts on both sides of the ball, but is being recruited mostly at strong safety by Division I programs due to his 5-foot-10 frame. That transition is no problem for Martin who is willing to do whatever he needs to get on the field.

"I've camped at Maryland twice and will be going back for the third straight year this summer," Martin explained. "Coach (Al) Seamonson likes me at strong safety and has told the rest of the coaching staff that I could come in and contribute on special teams right off the bat for them. As for my thoughts on them, it's Maryland. They play big-time football in the ACC and if you grow up in this area of course you're a fan of the Terps. I'm just very familiar with the program and the campus and really like what they have to offer."

"I got a handwritten letter from Coach (Rob) Ambrose the other day," Martin said. "He just told me that he was impressed with my film and I had actually made the trip to Connecticut about a month ago, so it was good to get the feedback. Their facilities are absolutely amazing there, just awesome. When I met Coach Ambrose on my visit I was really surprised by how laid back and funny he was. Connecticut is a program on the rise and I'm looking forward to camping there this summer."

"Northwestern was actually the first school that started showing interest in me and talk to my father," Martin mentioned. "Coach (Eric) Washington came out here and visited with me last week and I think that Northwestern is probably the school that is highest on me right now. I actually lived in Chicago for five years, so that's another school that I'm very familiar with just as I am with Maryland. Northwestern is in a nice area and of course they have great academics to offer as well."

As a junior, Martin carried 220 times for 1605 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also starred at linebacker, making 154 tackles, 90 of them solo, 18 tackles for loss, four sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He was a consensus first team All-State selection and made the Big School first team for All-State while also being named first team All-Metro. Martin was also the Howard County Player of the Year and River Hill HS MVP as a junior.

As a sophomore, Martin made 169 tackles, 95 of them solo, 22 tackles for loss, seven sacks, two interceptions and recovered two fumbles. He was named River Hill's Defensive Player of the Year that season and was also first team All-County and honorable mention Big School All-State.

Has a max bench of 260 and did 15 reps of 185 pounds at camp. He also cleans 250 pounds and squats 425 pounds. He has been officially timed at 4.53 in the 40-yard dash and 4.07 in the short shuttle.

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