Martin takes in East Lansing on gameday

Chandler Park Academy sophomore wide receiver visits for USF game and experiences his first Michigan State game.

Chandler Park Academy sophomore Jalen Martin already holds an offer from Eastern Michigan, which is a sign of things to come for the wide receiver.

Martin visited Michigan State for the game against South Florida on Saturday.

"The best part was meeting the head coach, Coach Dantonio," Martin said. "That was an honor. Before the game, I got the chance to go on the field and see the players, what they do in pregame and take some of that and put it into what I do before the game and share with my teammates as well. It was nice. I met a few of the basketball players. It was a great setup."

Martin said the atmosphere for the game was awesome and that he is drawn to good fan bases.

"I liked the fan base," he said. "The fans go crazy when something positive happens on the field. I'm sort of a fan base guy, I like for the fans to be very supportive on and off the field."

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound receiver said when he thinks of Michigan State, he thinks of a top-notch program and a big-time school.

"It's very organized and I just love the coaching staff," Martin said. "Coach (Curtis) Blackwell is a great guy. He goes out of his way to make sure you feel comfortable. Also Coach (Terrence) Samuel, the receivers coach, I like him as well. He is going to do his best to teach you anything and everything to be successful."

He said as his recruitment unfolds in the coming years, he is looking for somewhere that has a family feel.

"I look for schools that have a tight circle and feels like a family and know I can be comfortable doing things there," he said. "Academics, as well. If I need any help, hopefully teammates can help me. It falls back on brotherhood and I can help them as well. The coaches get involved in getting my degree so I can get a job, as well."

In addition to Michigan State, Martin is hearing from Michigan, Penn State, Nebraska, Bowling Green, Toledo and Northern Illinois early in the process.

He will be back in East Lansing for the Spartans' game against Michigan on November 2 and for the Michigan State basketball game against North Carolina.

Martin and Chandler Park Academy have opened the season 2-0 and he has a touchdown, two 2-point conversion receptions and about 100 yards receiving. He also has nine tackles and a sack while playing linebacker.


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