Martinez will have a tough decision

Nebraska is looking to add some speed and athleticism to their secondary. While this player might be listed as a quarterback in the player database, and is being recruited at that position by other BCS schools, his calling at the collegiate level might be on defense. Would he be interested in intercepting passes in college as opposed to throwing them?

Taylor Martinez (6-1/190/4.4) received his first offer from the Huskers in early June, since then several other schools have been in contact with the star athlete. Martinez will suit up as a quarterback this year for Corona (Calif.) Centennial, but his college future could be on the other side of the ball. With one year of high school left, Martinez said he'd like to go both ways.

"I will be playing QB this year and hopefully free safety too," said Martinez. "I've been begging my coach to put me over at free safety, but I don't think he's going to let me do it. Probably because we're going to have a real good team, I think we have 10 or 11 guys that have D-1 offers."

Even though Martinez said he hasn't decided which position he wants to play at the next level, he made it clear that if he chooses to line up under center, the spread would be a system that fits his skill sets best. But he also admits playing safety might be a little more appealing.

"Utah and Hawaii both told me I'm their number one QB, and I think Hawaii will offer me soon. They both run spread offenses, and that's the same exact offense we run. So if I decide to play QB, they'd be a good fit for me. But it will be whatever the best fit is for me, and I like free safety too. I like free safety better."

That could be good news for Huskers fans, because he was also well aware of the recent commitment of blue-chip QB prospect Cody Green to Nebraska, and said that's a good thing in his eyes.

"Yeah, I heard about that. Wasn't he a five star guy? I like that he committed to Nebraska and I think that's going to help out the recruiting class for Nebraska a lot. That is definitely a good thing and wouldn't turn me away."

Martinez just returned home from Tennessee, now he and his family are thinking of taking a trip to see Nebraska next month.

"We just got back from a camp with the Tennessee Volunteers; I went to their football camp. I liked it, I liked it a lot. I think we might be taking a visit out to Nebraska next month, my parents were saying in the middle or towards the end of August."

Taylor said Hawaii, Colorado State and Utah are the closest to offering, and he is still hearing from much of the Pac 10. He said he doesn't really have a timetable for a decision, just 'whenever it feels right'. He expects Hawaii to offer him within the next week.

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