What To Like
Go back and look at film of current Irish offensive lineman Zach Martin in the Scout.com database and you will see a lot of the same style of play from younger brother Nick. Both players were listed at 6-foot-5, 260-pounds during their senior years of high school at Bishop Chatard in Indianapolis, Indiana. However, Zach was a little higher ranked by Scout.com who had him as a 3-star and 24-th ranked offensive tackle in the country.
Do not be fooled… Nick Martin has many of the same playing skills his brother showed during his prep career and only better days should be ahead as little brother gets in Paul Longo's strength program and the tutoring of Irish offensive line coach Ed Warinner.
While we will get into a much deeper evaluation in another article, the following things stand out when watching Nick on film.
Martin does a great job of getting off the line using leverage to win battles. However, what I liked most was his ability to execute a down block and use his athletic ability and strength to maintain contact and finish blocks to the second level.
What May Concern You
Much will be expected out of Nick because of the success of his older brother this past season. Therefore, the pressure of living up to the level of play shown by Zach could always play with a younger players mind. However, I do feel the fact this was not a slam-dunk commitment allowed Nick to think out the pros and cons before making his decision.
The one area that will get work is in the strength program of Paul Longo and Jake Flint. However, Coach Longo will work his magic and put this concern to rest.
The Irish needed and wanted another offensive lineman in this class and Martin was a player many felt would not make a switch until the last moment. With his pledge and a couple of weeks to spare, the Irish staff can look hard at getting one more player along the line they really want.
Nick is a great addition to the class, and a player who should fit right in with a high comfort level of his surroundings. The fact Brian Kelly took the slow sell proves he knew how to work and get a player the staff targeted.
Irish Eyes will have a more detailed breakdown of Nick Martin coming soon.