South Carolina safety connected to Michigan

Greenville (J.L. Mann) Safety Pat Martin has scholarship offers coming in. GBW talk to him about his offers -- and about his connection to Michigan.

GoBlueWolverine first heard of Pat Martin about two years ago when he was just a young pup on the scene.

"I have another player down here in South Carolina that you will be hearing about real soon," said J.L. Mann's defensive coordinator Coach Lewis to us over a year ago, "and his name is Pat Martin. He is just a sophomore but he is going to be really good. Keep your eyes open for him."

Coach Lewis certainly knows about talent. He coached Michigan's current starting cornerback J.T. Floyd and so helped in Floyd's high school development.

Now Pat Martin is a rising senior and trying to enjoy the process of recruiting. He has received many offers from schools all over the country, and he says he just wants to take his time.

"It is tough sometimes with all of the attention," he told GBW. "But I just try and stay grounded and be humble."

Pat has ten-plus offers now -- Tennessee, UCLA, Wisconsin, LSU, and Oklahoma to name a few. There is also another school that has caught his attention and knows them well.

"Michigan is showing me a lot of interest. Coach Gibson came to my school to speak with Coach Lewis about me. I will be calling Coach Gibson so that we can talk more."

Martin is familiar with the Wolverines, because last summer he came to their summer football camp. He came away impressed with the time he spent in Ann Arbor.

"I had a good time up at Michigan, The Big House is off the chain, and they have good facilities too. I really like the defensive coordinator Greg Robinson. He is real energetic. I like their coaches too -- they are real intense. I felt like the way they were coaching me made me compete harder."

The J.L. Mann product also has plugged in to a former alum to help him with his football both mentally and physically.

"J.T. Floyd has really helped me a lot. He is a very good motivator, always telling me to keep working hard. J.T. said once you get to college 5-stars don't matter -- everyone has a clean slate. He said you have to go out and make a name for yourself. He has helped me with tips on my backpedal, and by telling me to get in the weight room to get better."

The Michigan camp allowed him to get to know some players who were also at the camp that he has continued to talk with.

"I had a chance to get to know Greg Brown (Michigan commit from Ohio) and DeAnthony Arnett. I saw DeAnthony's tape on Facebook and he saw mine and we just gave each other props about our tapes. We talk on Facebook just to catch up and see what is going on."

Martin is interested in Michigan and they are interested in him ... it may be just a matter of time before the two are connected.


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