Focus 2007: Ill. RB Dale Martin (U-M Jr. Day)

Dale Martin, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound, running back, from Bolingbrook, Ill., is the next in line of what have been some super running backs that have played for the Raiders. Martin will be a four-year letter winner and three-year varsity starter in 2006 for "The Brook".

Bolingbrook has always been known for their tailbacks. Some great ones that have gone on to play D-1 football include Robert Farmer (Notre Dame) and Antoineo Harris (Illinois).

There are a few Raider assistant coaches who have been around the Bolingbrook program for over three decades that feel Martin could be the best ever to walk the halls. Martin knows all about the tradition of tailbacks at “The Brook.”

“I hear about Robert Farmer every day,” Dale Martin said. “I see him on the Wall of Fame at school everyday. The coaches told me that he was more of a pounder and more of a speed back. I definitely have a lot to live up to.”

What kind of running style does Martin have?

“I just tell my o-line to give me a little hole and I’ll hit it and be gone.” Martin said. “I have good speed and vision. If my o-line can just create a little space for me, I can do the rest. I can catch the ball out of the backfield as well. I’m a complete back.”

Martin had 1,100 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns in 2005. He rushed for 750 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore. Martin was an all-area selection the past two seasons. Several schools have already offered Martin a scholarship. He spent last weekend at Notre Dame’s junior day.

“It would be an honor to play for Notre Dame,” Martin said. “You know, Charlie Weis has only been there for a year and he got them back to a BCS Bowl so you know Notre Dame is back to being a power. Notre Dame also has a great coaching staff.”

Which schools have offered Martin a scholarship?

“I’ve gotten eight verbal offers,” Martin explained. “Illinois, Northwestern, Toledo, West Virginia, Ohio State, Nebraska, New Mexico and Minnesota have all offered.

“My favorite school growing up was Texas and I’d like to hear more from them. Michigan, I’ve always liked them. Florida, Ohio State, Iowa, Tennessee, I really like them; I’m trying to get my tape down to them. Notre Dame is still definitely in there. Illinois is also in there”

Moving forward, what does Martin have planned for the spring and summer?

“We’ll I’m going to Michigan (1/21) for a junior day this weekend.” Martin said. February 4th, I’m going to Iowa for a junior day. My coach (John Ivlow) said something about us going to Iowa’s spring game as well. I’m going to visit Florida this summer.”

Who will Martin be leaning on once it comes time to make a decision?

“I’m definitely going to be leaning on my coach,” Martin said. “Coach Ivlow knows a lot of people. He’s been through this and he has played in the NFL. My mom is also going to be part of the decision making process. She wants me to stay close to home because she wants to be able to watch me play but I’m going to the school that fits me the best no matter where it is.”

Dale Martin is the No. 1 ranked junior prospect in the Land of Lincoln. He’ll be a “Top 10” prospect in the Midwest in 2006 as well.

For those that missed Chris Pool's profile of Illinois RB (and Michigan recruit) Robert Hughes, click here.

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