Justin Martin didn’t really get to experience the recruiting process coming out of Overton High School in Nashville. Now, less than a year later, he’s fully immersed in it.
Martin has really blown up in the last couple months, landing offers from several SEC schools. LSU was just the latest to come calling after a standout performance at their camp last week.
“It was exciting,” Martin said of getting that offer. “LSU only offers the best DBs. It’s good to know they thought highly enough of me to offer me.”
Martin took a proactive approach once he learned that he likely wouldn’t have the grades to qualify academically. He earned his GED a semester early and enrolled at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in January. Now he’s on pace to earn his associate’s degree after only three semesters, which would make him eligible to jump to the next level in time for the 2015 season.
He’ll have four years to play three, and that’s a big reason why the major programs have started to take notice.
LSU first reached out to him within the last couple weeks. They invited Martin to come down to their camp and potentially work out for an offer. Martin received plenty of attention from defensive coordinator John Chavis and DB coach Corey Raymond.
He ran a 4.45-second 40-yard dash and had a broad jump measure 9 feet, 11 inches. Martin was also a star on the high school track level with times of 46.8 seconds in the 400-meter and 21.3 seconds in the 200 meter.
That all translated well to the football field, and his offer was a no brainer for the LSU coaching staff.
“I didn’t know if I was going to get offered or not, but I was happy that I did,” Martin said. “They said I liked the way I worked out. I’m tall, fast…It just shows that hard work pays off. You can do anything that you set your mind to.”
As for his biggest strengths…
“My speed and my length,” Martin said. “I’m just a ball hawk. I like to go get the ball. I like to be around the ball, involved in the game. I like to guard receivers. I’m tall and lanky and I’m fast too.”
Martin didn’t really get a chance to explore the LSU campus too closely. He does plan to return though. Martin doesn’t have any more visits scheduled between now and the start of his season, and he’ll start to narrow down his list around December.
LSU figures to make that cut, as do SEC programs like Tennessee, Florida and Ole Miss. He also plans to take his officials in December.
As for what will be the most important factors in his decision…
“I just want some place where I fit in,” Martin said, “a family to go to.”
LSU jumps on hot CB Justin Martin
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