Despite notching 121 tackles, five sacks and three forced fumbles en route to conference defensive player of the year honors, it took Roanoke Rapids (NC) standout Kareem Martin a while to land his first scholarship offers.
Duke was the first school to offer back in February but Martin has seen his recruiting stock take off, particularly over the last three or four weeks.
“Right now I have offers from Duke, Louisville, Virginia, Virginia Tech, NC State, East Carolina, Stanford and Maryland,” he said. “Everybody is recruiting me asa defensive end except for Virginia and they like me as a linebacker for their 3-4 defense.
“So far, Stanford and Louisville have sent coaches by my school to see me and then I have some more coming by to see me next week.”
This past weekend Martin proved to be one of the top performers at the Shrine Bowl combine held at Havelock High School.
The rising senior was measured at 6-6, 229 pounds and ran a solid 40-yard dash of 4.69-seconds. He also logged a respectable 4.46-second 20 yard shuttle and 33.7-inch vertical leap.
In one-on-one drills, Martin proved to be a handful for opposing offensive linemen and won his individual matchups repeatedly.
On the recruiting front, Martin was quick to point out the three programs that have jumped to front of his favorite’s list.
“I like Duke and the Virginia schools,” said Martin. “I still want to check out the other schools that have just now offered me over the last few weeks. Louisville, NC State and Maryland were my three most recent offers.”
The Pack was somewhat of a late arrival with Martin and appear to be in the position of playing catch-up. State just offered last week and getting Martin on campus will likely be a priority if they are to become a serious player for his commitment.
“NC State offered last Thursday or Friday. I haven’t had a chance to visit them yet, though.”
Martin is a tremendous student, as he currently has an unweighted 3.7 GPA, and plans to major in Business in college.