When Ronald Martin first arrived to the LSU Elite Camp on Sunday, the defensive back had high hopes of landing an offer from the Tigers. With the pressure surrounding his recruitment mounting, there wasn’t any time for laying back and cutting loose.
In town for his second LSU camp of the summer, the White Castle High standout knew that an offer from the coaches – in a small class that grows closer to capacity each month - was likely going to arrive now or never.
“I came into town knowing that I couldn’t go back home without a scholarship,” said Martin, who already held offers from Tulane and Memphis. “Getting an offer from LSU meant everything to me. I grew up in the LSU culture, so just getting the chance to represent that on the next level has me excited. When coach (Les) Miles offered, I had to commit right there on the spot.”
Miles called the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder into his office after Martin and his father checked out of the camp. The message from the headman: the Tigers were ready for Martin to go ahead and join the 2011 class.
“Coach Miles brought up the idea of an offer and he said that I could earn it, but first he wanted to let me know that the coaches wanted me to join on the class right away,” Martin said. “I knew that a scholarship was a possibility, so I was kind of ready with an answer. I told him right then that I wanted to be at LSU.”
Last fall Martin tallied over 2,500 yards of offense (1,400 passing and 1,100 rushing) and 20 total touchdowns from his quarterback position. He added 58 tackles, nine interceptions and 15 passes defended from his safety spot.
“I’m not sure whether I will be a corner or safety in college, so LSU is bringing me on as a defensive back with plans of playing me at both positions and figuring it out from there,” Martin said.
The 11th Louisiana commitment to the class, Martin said that he has already begun his duties as a recruiter for the program.
“As soon as I committed, me and some other guys got on Odell Beckham and let him know about where LSU is headed,” he said. “Those uncommitted guys saw how much fun all the commitments are, and that’s going to help with landing them.”