Maple Grove WR Greg Martin to Walk-on at Minnesota

Greg Martin, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound wide receiver from Maple Grove (MN) High, who led the Northwestern Suburban Conference in receptions the past three seasons, will walk-on at Minnesota next fall. Martin, who caught 51 passes for 1,026 yards and 13 touchdowns this past season and led the Crimson to an 8-3 mark, losing to eventual state runner-up Wayzata in the Class 5A section 6 finals 21-14, visited the Minnesota campus along with 12 other preferred walk-on candidates.

Greg Martin was named first-team Star Tribune All-Metro, KARE-11 All-Metro Team, St Paul Pioneer Press All-State team, Minnesota Vikings All-State team and second-team Associated Press All-State team. Martin is also a standout point guard who is ranked among the top 20 seniors in the state of Minnesota in basketball and scored 30 points in Maple Grove's 93-85 win over Champlin Park.

"Champlin Park is a good team that has only lost three times this season and we beat them twice. I just hit my free throws," Martin said.

That is a bit of an understatement as Martin was a perfect 17 of 17 from the line and added eight rebounds and seven assists.

Martin is averaging 14.0 points, 5.9 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game for the Crimson, who are 15-4 this season.

Martin had heard from Minnesota, North Dakota State, Winona State and Mankato, along with several other Division II schools in the area. He attended most of the Gopher games this season and participated in their football camp this summer.

Martin said that he enjoyed his visit to Minnesota.

"I really liked it and I told the coaches that I was going to commit," he said. "I'm looking forward to it."

Martin was offered by St. Cloud State and had gotten some lower level interest in basketball.

Martin previously said that he is still undecided about whether he will play basketball or football in college. However, he admits that it is unlikely that he would play both sports in college.

"I need to focus on one and get up in the depth chart. I'd rather concentrate on just one. Starting from where I am, I need to just get a spot on one team," he said.

Gopher assistant Gordy Shaw offered him a chance to walk-on with the Gophers.

A lot of my friends are going to Minnesota, so that is appealing."

Martin also had six interceptions as a defensive back and rushed for a touchdown. He had four games of more than 100 receiving yards. Martin paced Maple Grove to 6-4 record as a junior. He had five games with more than 100 yards receiving and two contests with more than 200 receiving yards last season.

Martin averaged 15.3 points and 5.4 assists per game last season as he led the Crimson to a 14-12 mark, losing to Elk River 79-75 in the second round of the Class AAAA Section 8 semifinals.

Martin is a 3.5 student who scored a 22 on his ACT. He plans to major in education or business marketing.

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