Tigers are in great shape with Martin

Chris Martin is one of northwest Florida's top defensive tackles and his size and speed are raising his recruiting status by the day.

The 6-5, 290-pound tackle out of Choctaw High School in Fort Walton, Fla., recorded 46 solo tackles, knocked down 22 passes, forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles.


Martin has received offers from Central Florida, Purdue and Alabama, but said that growing up, LSU was always his team.


"I have a lot of LSU attire and posters in my room," said Martin. "Growing up, they were my team. I was so excited when they won the National Championship. They've just been my school of choice since the fourth grade. I haven't been to Tiger Stadium, but I'd love to go."


Right now, Martin said he doesn't have a specific top five, but that pretty much any team in the SEC is a school he would consider.


"I've been talking with Florida State and I think they may offer, but I was most excited when I started to hear from LSU," said Martin. "Coach (Josh) Henson is recruiting me and he came to watch me practice a couple of weeks ago. I don't talk to him too much, but we stay in contact enough. I really haven't talked to many coaches at all this week."


Martin is being recruited as a defensive tackle, but said he is not too picky when it comes to position, as long as it's a defensive one.


"As long as I can play football I'll be happy," said Martin. "Be it defensive end, or defensive tackle, I just want to be on defense. I like spanking offenses."


Martin is not only big; He's also strong and fast.


"I think my size, speed and agility are what makes me such a good defensive tackle," said Martin, who runs a 4.81 (40) and recently set a county record in the clean and jerk with 325 pounds. "I'm really proud of that; I had to work really hard."


Note** 3.3 GPA/Taking the ACT in June



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