“Coach (Les) Miles talked to me then about coming on at a couple of positions, and that stood out,” Martin said. “He said I was one of the top corners on their whole board, and he also liked me returning kicks. That put LSU in a good spot with me from the start.”
“It was a great experience,” he said. “Everything that I wanted to research I did, and I loved it. The facilities were all nice, especially the indoor fields. I worked out well on that. The stadium was big time, and the campus was spread out really nice. It all checked out.
“Right now, LSU is out front for me. I haven’t named a final group or anything, but LSU has made the biggest impression. That’s where I’m at right now. I’m going to decide for good before the summer ends.”
What helped push LSU into the lead headed into the final stretch?
“The way that the staff was so personable with me was cool,” Martin said. “Right when I showed up to campus every coach knew my first name and was telling me to come check out this and that. I felt like part of the team, and that’s what I was hoping for.
“I had a hip flexor at the end of the day that slowed me down, but (defensive backs) coach (Ron) Cooper said he was impressed with how I did during the camp. I definitely felt the love all around.”
One of the highlight moments of the three-day stay came during Tuesday’s workout. As Martin worked on 7-on-7 drills, his college idol, LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, watched on from the sidelines.
For a rising senior that is tabbed as one of the nation’s top-50 cornerbacks, a run-in with the likes of Peterson is considered a day to remember.
“I didn’t really know Patrick was going to be there, but I looked up and he was watching me run around,” Martin said. “That was pretty exciting. I ran across him on the sidelines afterwards and he wished me luck. He said LSU was a really good place to be, and that I couldn’t go wrong choosing them.”
During a conversation with head coach Les Miles, the three-star prospect exchanged thoughts on his commitment timetable. The agreement: play out the final visits and make a decision.
“I told (Miles) that I really liked LSU a lot, but I still wanted to do things the right way, which means seeing these other schools and then talking it over with my family,” Martin said. “Coach Miles was a really cool guy, and he said that he hoped I would end up in Baton Rouge.
“I’m going to visit Alabama this Friday, then I’ll be at Florida later this summer,” he added. “After that I’m going to sit down with my mom and my coach and make a decision. It will definitely be before my season starts. Right now, LSU is on top.”