Martin Vying For Wildcat Offer

Kenwood (IL) High School defensive end Phillip Martin is out to prove everybody wrong. Since he started playing football in eighth grade, people were saying he didn't have what it took to be a great football player. When Martin switched to Kenwood, people said he wouldn't get recruited. Martin is motivated to prove everyone wrong.

On Wednesday, Phillip Martin will attend Northwestern's one-day camp and will bring that chip on his shoulder.

"I want to show them I'm one of those rough guys and I can get the job done," Martin said. "I can give them my physical tools and I can grow into a great player. I want to prove that I can fit into a great system."

Martin (6-4, 265) recently added his first offer from Toledo. He's picked up steady interest from the Wildcats, but no offer has emerged yet.

In May, Martin saw first-hand what Northwestern is all about. He toured campus and spent some time in the NU football office. One thing stood out.

"When I went there, there was this energy," he said. "Everyone in the office is excited about football. I met (former Wildcat and current Chicago Bear) Corey Wootton and he was excited about football. I talked with Pat Fitzgerald and he talked about when he came here. To have one of the best schools in the nation right around the corner, all that is a perfect package."

Martin will be one of many campers on-hand in Evanston for Northwestern's final one-day camp of the summer. After having a positive experience at Northwestern in May, he's hoping to solidify an offer from the Wildcats. After all, that offer would mean quite a bit.

"If (NU) offered, they'd be at the top," Martin said.

With a major goal on his mind, Martin will return to Northwestern and fight for that offer. Martin definitely won't be weaponless in that fight, he'll bring that chip on his shoulder.

"With that chip on my shoulders, with people saying I can't do this and can't do that, I've been lifting and working, I want to put it out there and show people I'm serious."


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