With offensive line being a high priority for the Wildcats this year, it's understandable they Joker Phillips and his staff have targeted several offensive line prospects. One of those players is Nick Martin, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound tackle from Bishop Chatard High School (In.). But Kentucky isn't the only school that has taken an interest.
"He's got offers from Kentucky, Ball State, Indiana, Michigan State, South Carolina, Boston College, Purdue and a few others. Notre Dame is preparing to offer," said Vince Lorenzano, head coach at Chatard. Martin's older brother, Zack, attends Notre Dame as well.
But it's obvious from his offer sheet that Martin is a quality prospect. "His feet are his best asset," said Lorenzano. "He's got good feet and he moves well for a big guy. He's also got great ability to maneuver from one spot to another," he continued. "He just needs to get stronger."
While many people think that his father being formerly playing at Kentucky will be a big factor, Lorenzano believes otherwise. "I think as far as UK is concerned, I don't think it matters (that his dad played there). They are hands off with that stuff. It comes down to what the kid wants," said Lorenzano.
Many people compare Nick to his brother Zack, but there's a difference in the way they perform. "Two different individuals, completely," said Lorenzano. "Zack was a rougher individual in terms of blocking. Nick is more skilled. And he's younger than the rest of his class. They are different in those respects, but they are both finishers on the field," he said.
Martin told KSR's Larry Vaught on January 31st that he plans to make his decision prior to his senior year so he can focus on his high school season.
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