Top Kicker Holds Four

Kickers don't normally receive a lot of recruiting attention, but Walsh Jesuit's Ross Martin is not only one of the top kickers in Ohio, but in the country. Martin now holds four offers and is hopeful more could be headed his way. He has taken several unofficial visits and there are more planned for the future.

Ross Martin, from Cuyahoga Falls (OH) Walsh Jesuit is unquestionably one of the top kickers in America, and he has proven himself against the best in numerous kicking contests across the country.

Martin, 5-foot-10, 180-pounds, has a booming leg, and routinely puts kickoffs into the end zone, while having field goal range up to 55-yards. College recruiters have certainly taken notice.

"I now have four offers, from Pittsburgh, Iowa State, Harvard and Kent State," Martin stated. "I think a lot of Pitt and those coaches are really great guys. I've been there and it's a great campus. I was offered by Iowa State's head coach, Paul Rhoads, and I'm being recruited by (assistant coach) Nick Caley. He and I have a great relationship. I haven't been out there yet, but I plan on getting there this summer."

"The Harvard offer was amazing and I'm very interested in them," he continued. "It's obviously one of the top schools in the country, and my family and I were thrilled with that offer. I just met with the Kent State staff today, and they seem like great guys, and it's close to home."

There are also several top schools that haven't offered, but Martin feels they might be close. He is ranked as the top kicker in the country by Brandon Kornblue, of the famed Kornblue Kicking camps.

"This weekend I'm heading out to Cornell and I'm very interested in all the Ivy League schools," he explained. "I'm also going down to Florida this summer to kick for the coaches, and I'm very interested in them. They are bringing in three kickers and we're all going to compete for the offer."

"Ohio State is another school I like, but I'm not sure where things stand with them," he added. "I was there last week and spoke to Coach (Jim) Tressel. They aren't real sure where their numbers are, but they're thinking they have 18-20 openings. They will get back to me after spring practice to let me know where things stand. I've also visited California and Stanford and would love to have offers from both schools."

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