SEC/Pac-10 Battle

LSU's 2009 recruiting trail goes as far west as Utah where several heavyweights are vying for the services of John Martinez.

John Martinez

Martinez, a four-star recruit out of Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City, is the second-rated offensive guard in the country according to

The 6-3, 265-pounder has received offers from home-state schools BYU and Utah, but football's superpowers have also come calling with USC, LSU, and Miami all offering full rides in writing over the past two weeks.

"I never really thought I'd get big offers," Martinez said. "But some of those names stood out a lot."

With so many schools recruiting him, who is Martinez looking at the hardest?

"I'd say my top two are LSU and USC," he said. "I wouldn't really know who to put first. I really liked USC's coaching staff. I get along great with their offensive line coach. I just feel comfortable there."

As for the Tigers, Martinez's praise started in Death Valley and complimented the entire SEC.

"I love how the SEC has hundreds of thousands of people in those stadiums watching the games," he said. "Teams in the SEC play harder and hit harder."

Martinez attended the LSU-Arkansas game in November when Lynn Katoa took an official visit and he came away very impressed with the surroundings in South Louisiana.

"Even though it was a painful loss for them, they were partying like it was the national championship game even after it was over," he said. "There's nothing like that out here."

Although LSU and USC lead the race, Martinez said he is considering several other offers.

"I'm going to visit Oklahoma State next weekend, and I hope to visit USC and LSU during the summer," he said. "Florida is Florida; it's a great place to vacation, but I'm not sure I feel comfortable there. I went to their camp and it was boring."

What about his plans for an eventual commitment?

"I'm still getting letters from all over," he said. "If I go somewhere and I feel really comfortable I will commit, but I just haven't felt that comfortable yet. I'm just going to see what happens."

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