Marti talks about DvB game; meeting teammates

Gulliver Prep (FL) star linebacker Brandon Marti is one of many of South Florida's bright stars participating in the Dade v. Broward All-Star game this Sunday. Find out what he had to say about the week of practice, meeting his future teammates, and the Hurricanes new defensive coordinator.

This week is a busy one for many of the stars of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties as the yearly All-Dade v. All-Broward takes place this Sunday.

Suiting up for the Dade All-Stars is Gulliver Prep linebacker and current Hurricane commit, linebacker, Brandon Marti, who is has been having a great time throughout the week of practice.

"This week has been real good, real intense," Marti said. "We've been going full pads, Monday through Friday. What I like most is that the speed of the game has increased. I've been doing real well this week with that."

Also throughout the week, the 6-foot-1, 205 pound Marti has had the chance to meet and get to know his soon-to-be teammates at the University of Miami that are also participating at the game.

"I've had a lot of fun this week," Marti said. "I am getting to know a lot of the guys that I'll be playing with next year, Brandon Washington, Brandon Harris, Tommy Streeter, Kendall Thompkins, and Thearon Collier. We've just all talked about how it is all about the U, and we've just really become good friends out there."

Marti was also invited to the North v. South Florida All-Star game, however declined the invitation stating the Dade v. Broward game was "the only one I wanted to be apart of."

Aside from the All-Star game festivities, Marti was attempting to enroll early at the University of Miami, however, those plans fell short as Marti fell two credits short of qualifying.

"I went to the principle and my advisor back in the fall, and somehow I ended up not having enough credits to get my diploma," Marti said. "You need 18 (credits) to graduate at a public school but since I go to a prep (Gulliver) I needed 24, and I had 22."

Despite the disappointment, Marti's spring will be occupied with track and a workout regiment to gain 5-10 pounds before the summer.

"I was really shooting to getting out early because I think spring football would have been a big step up on everyone else," Marti said. "But, now I just have to work that much harder when I get there. For now, I am trying to put on a few pounds but still try and keep my feet, because that is my game, speed."

The University of Miami hired a new defensive coordinator on Thursday, Marti heard about the news and had the following to say.

"I just heard about the new coach, but I haven't heard anything about him," Marti said. "They recently had to fire Coach Walton, and had to hire a new one. I knew Coach Walton a bit, his son goes to out school, and I'm close to his son, but what happened is just how it is. I'm closer to Coach Barrow, as long as they don't get rid of him, then it is all good."

Marti is a qualifier with a self-reported 3.2-3.3 GPA and passing test scores.


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