Sleeper DT on UM's Radar

Jared Martin isn't a household name within the recruiting circles yet. Because he plays at a school that isn't known for producing college prospects, he's flown under a lot of people's radar screens. The Davie (Fla.) Western star is ready for a big senior season.

"I pla on breaking the 60 tackle mark again this season and hopefully get at least five sacks," Martin said after getting 61 and three as a junior. "As a team, we're trying to beat St. Thomas. Everyone thinks since we havent done it in the past that we're not about to do it. I think we can."

Jared Martin and his teammates fell 13-6 to STA last season. He had a chance to line up against all three of their talented O-Line prospects.

"My sophomore year I played defensive end and then I played tackle last season," he said. "I've played against all of them. I think Wenger's the best of the bunch. He's just a nasty football player. He'll beat you up between the whistles but he knows when to stop. He's not a dirty player. You have to respect what he does out there. Sam Young will probably be great one day but I think Wenger's the best right now."

Martin, 6-2 and 298 pounds ("I'm just a large pizza under 300"), plays on both sides of the ball but projects as a defensive tackle in college.

"For my size, I can overpower people at will," he said. "I think that gives me an advantage right there."

Martin, a full academic qualifier who also throws the shot and discus during track season, went to summer camps at Auburn and Miami in recent months.

"I liked Auburn a lot," he said. "The atmosphere was awesome. The coach was telling me how during a game there people are tailgating so much that you can barely get through. People go crazy for Auburn football there. Coach Greg Mark told me to come out to Miami's camp for a day. I loved it. I had a chance to meet Willis McGahee and Devin Hester. That was real cool."

The talented defender says he currently holds written offers from eight Div. 1 programs.

"I got scholarships from Arizona State, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Central Florida, Texas Christian, Colorado State, Akron, and Middle Tennessee State," he said. "My top five would have to be Miami, Auburn, Georgia, Arizona State, and Pittsburgh (9/3 official visit)."

Martin is hoping the Hurricanes come through with an offer since they're at the top of his list of favorites.

"They've been my favorite school growing up," he said. "My dad went to law school there. They're the hometown favorite. It's Miami. I'd like it there. I guess they wanna see how I play during the season before offering me. I just have to go out and earn it, I guess."

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