OL: "Miami's The Best"

At 6-foot-5 and 340 pounds, Chicago (Ill.) Harper standout offensive lineman Roland Martin had an interesting start to his football career four years ago.

"I was in 8th grade and when I first started playing, I wasn't liking it at all," Martin said. "I was a 300-pound kid and I thought it was too much work at the time. I wanted to stop but the coaches wouldn't let me. They kept pushing me and then towards the end of my freshman year I started to like it. Now I love it."

Martin, who just recently took the SAT and is awaiting results, has been working hard this summer.

"I've been in the weightroom and training outside hard," he said. "I got up 225 [pounds] 21 times the other day and I've been getting ready to play both ways this year. It won't be easy but I'm training for it."

Martin has quickly become one of the top offensive line prospects in the Midwest Region.

"It's been great so far," he said of the recruiting process. "But come September, I'll probably be changing my phone number (laughing). So many people were calling here in the spring, it was unbelievable."

The talented offensive lineman has five programs in his mind right now that stand out.

"My top five or basically the people that I'm most familiar with are Tennessee, Illinois, Michigan State, Nebraska, and Miami," he said. "They all talked about the offer except for Miami. Nobody really has the lead or anything right now."

Martin, who also has offers from schools such as Kansas State and Iowa, talked more about his interest in Miami and vica-versa.

"Miami's the best right now," he said. "I probably know the most about them in terms of watching them play and everything. Their coach was at my school in the spring and I've gotten stuff in the mail. He was just saying how they're trying to find more linemen and stuff and he wants to keep an eye on me. They're a great program -- the school, the history, all of that. People like Willis McGahee, I've seen it."

The standout lineman said while he's still waiting on an offer from the Hurricanes, one other school is high on his list.

"Illinois is up there," he said. "I went to their camp and I really like the coaches and everything. Plus my best friend, Charles Miles, is going there this year too."

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