Making a name for himself

Drake Martinez of Laguna Beach (Calif.) might have been just the younger brother of Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez, but that is quickly changing. The younger Martinez has emerged as a top prospect in the state of California using one thing that he and Taylor have in common: speed.

According to Laguna Beach head coach, Mike Churchill, college coaches didn't have a lot of reasons to stop by and see anyone this year. Laguna Beach only won three games last year so when a talent like Drake Martinez emerged it caught a lot of people off guard.

"No one knows anything about him," Laguna Beach head coach Mike Churchill said. "The team only won three games last year so the college coaches weren't stopping by during the evaluation period. Nobody knew about him."

Another reason why Martinez has burst onto the recruiting scene has been because of Coach Churchill and settling on some positions. As a sophomore Martinez could have been found at a number of positions on any given night.

"As a sophomore he played five different positions at any time in any game. Everything that he was doing on any night was kind of by trial. He played safety, linebacker, running back, wide receiver and cornerback.

"He was just all over the field. He never learned anything because he wasn't at a position long enough. Now, he plays safety on defense and is the fullback on the Wing-T offense that we run. He's adjusted well."

What Churchill got in return from Martinez when it comes to specializing at a position on either side of the football was Drake's dedication. "He's just a great kid and has been very coachable for me when I told him he was never going to move positions."

While Martinez might have needed just a chance to settle in at a position on both sides of the ball what he has when it comes to skill applies across the board. Drake's older brother Taylor Martinez, is the starting quarterback at Nebraska, and is known to be one of the fastest players in the country.

"Drake has great speed. He's definitely the fastest kid that we have. He's just naturally fast, great genetics. I say that he has midnight speed. You can wake him up in the middle of the night, tell him that you need a 40 time and he will rip off a 4.5 or 4.4 just like that."

Coach Churchill says that the production that he's gotten out of Martinez is now turning some heads. While the college coaches might have skipped right by Laguna Beach in the spring they will be sure and get there this fall to check out Martinez.

"Through three games he's had 33 carries for 501 yards and caught a pass for 20 yards. He played last week for me despite being very sick. On defense he's also had three interceptions, one he's returned for a touchdown and he's also blocked a PAT."

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for nine years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 11 years. His work can also be seen in's SuperPrep Magazine.
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