Martin has big-time potential

Linebacker Jimmy Martin of Maitland (Fla.) Orangewood Christian is visiting Notre Dame this summer, and after visits to Michigan, Michigan State, and Miami, Martin is looking forward to seeing if the Irish will stand apart.

Notre Dame running back coach Tony Alford was in Florida last week, and one the few stops he made was at Orangewood Christian in Maitland to see sophomore linebacker/fullback Jimmy Martin.

"Coach Alford told Jimmy that he wasn't making a ton of stops in Florida, especially to 2015 kids, so Jimmy was excited that he came to see him," Jim Martin Sr., Jimmy's father said. "He told Jimmy' s coach that Jimmy is at the top of their linebacker board for 2015 right now."

Martin was scheduled to visit Notre Dame with his father earlier this spring, but a cancelled flight due to weather didn't allow for the opportunity. However, Martin has rescheduled and will visit the Irish in June.

"We're going to visit Notre Dame for the one-day camp they have in mid-June," Martin Sr. said. "He'll hit a couple other schools on that stop as well, most likely Michigan and Michigan State."

Martin has already visited Michigan, Michigan State, and Miami this spring. Martin's sister is a freshman on the water polo team at Michigan.

"He visited Michigan the weekend of April 26, and he met [head coach] Brady Hoke and got a three-hour tour from someone on the coaching staff, and he had a really good conversation with that staff," Martin Sr. said. "The day after Michigan he visited Michigan State, and [recruiting coordinator] Brad Salem told him that all schools these days are going to have top-notch facilities, but he needs to find the place where he fits in best. Michigan State is recruiting him to play on the offensive side of the ball, they like him at fullback."

Martin plans to camp at Miami, and he was on-hand for the Hurricanes' junior day.

"Jimmy visited Miami for junior day, and he a good conversation with head coach Al Golden," Martin Sr. said. "Last summer, he camped at Auburn, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, and Vanderbilt. This year, we'll play it by ear where he's going to camp, depending on who shows interest."

However, Martin Sr. said Notre Dame is a school they're very excited to see.

"Notre Dame could have the inside track going forward," Martin Sr. said. "I'm from Indiana, and my brother and dad still live there. We were all Notre Dame fans growing up. And, Jimmy likes being at a school right now with a religious foundation, he's very much involved in that. He's been in public school, but he just likes the atmosphere he gets at Orangewood."

"Notre Dame is going to start playing teams in the ACC, which is a good thing," Martin Jr. said. "They have a lot of tradition and a great camaraderie."

Martin Jr. received his first offers on Monday from FIU and Cincinnati.

"It feels awesome to get those first offers," he said. "It's a great feeling."

Martin Jr. has the strength to play in the trenches and the speed to cover the open field. Size may be the only question mark. But, at 6-foot, 210-pounds, he isn't done growing.

"We'll see when he hits his growth spurt," Martin Sr. said. "The doctors say he still hasn't had it yet. His sister grew two inches this year at Michigan, so it may come down the road a little more."

Recently, Martin Jr. was named Combine King at the National Underclassman Combine in Orlando. At the event, Martin benched 30 times, ran a 4.09 shuttle, and measured a 32.5-inch vertical. Martin has also been timed at 4.5 in the forty-yard dash. Martin was named all-state honorable mention this year as a sophomore. In 8th grade, he captained the U.S. Army 8th grade All-American game, where he also took home defensive MVP. Top Stories