Profile: Adrian Martinez
Location: Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West
Weight: 190 pounds
Recruiting: Martinez was an early commitment to Cal but backed off his pledge about a month ago. His de-commitment from the Bears happened just a few days after he returned home from an unofficial visit to Tennessee and it quickly became apparent the Vols were going to be tough to beat. Oklahoma threw their hat in the ring a few weeks ago and the Sooners have had great success recruiting the Fresno area including standout freshman linebacker Caleb Kelly, who prepped at Clovis West. At the end of the day, Martinez said his relationship with the UT coaching staff, the great college atmosphere and fan support in the SEC as well as the chance to compete and play with the elite athletes in the program was too strong to pass up.
What to Like: Martinez is a talented dual-threat quarterback who combines an effortless release, a live arm and the ability to stress a defense with his legs or his arm. He's very good buying time in the pocket and doesn't always look to run but does a nice job keeping his eyes down the field and making a throw. He shows a lot of poise as well, doesn't get flustered with a lineman in his face and always seems to be able to make that first guy miss. He shows nice touch on the deep ball and has improved as a pocket passer the last few years. He has an athletic body and is a strong kid and should be able to hold up to the pounding all quarterbacks take in the SEC
Areas to improve: Martinez has made nice strides as a pure thrower but can continue to improve his consistency. The physical tools are definitely there so it's just a matter of repetition and becoming more comfortable standing in the pocket and making all the throws. He suffered a shoulder injury late in the year and had to shut things down most of this off-season so hopefully Martinez will be back to 100% by the summer without further aggravating the injury. Development is huge for the signal caller and the more reps he can take the better moving forward.
Overall Analysis: Tennessee doesn't come out West too often but in Martinez, they found themselves a quarterback with a lot of upside. He's not only a talented player but a great student and a natural leader. He will represent the University well on and off the field and should be a very good recruiter for the program. He is the kind of player that can fit in any system but his ability to improvise and run away from would be pass rushers should allow him to make a lot of big plays for the Vols in the coming years.