In 2003 Bolingbrook head coach John Ivlow had linebacker Kyle Williams (Purdue). In 2004 he coached Ryan Bain (Iowa). This year he has Carl Fisher (Northwestern). And next, after the 2006 season, he'll add Dale Martin to his list of players that he's sent to Division I schools. I caught up with coach Ivlow to get his impressions of Marin.
"He's 5-11, 195 pounds and growing – he's a strong kid," Ivlow said of his star junior tailback. "He's good at just about anything that he does, basketball, baseball, football --he's a great athlete. He's the fastest guy on the team.
"I don't think he'll play basketball this year. I think he'll concentrate on the weight room even more in the off-season and get himself built up even more for next year because he knows he'll have to carry the load.
"He's a good student," he said of Marin. "I don't have his information handy, but he's considered an honor student. Northwestern has already offered him, so he should be able to get into Notre Dame."
When Charlie Weis took the job at Notre Dame he said that he was committed to increasing Notre Dame's foothold in the Chicagoland area. With the talent coach Ivlow produces, it didn't take Weis long to pick up the phone and make his way to Bolingbrook.
"Charlie Weis was in here, as soon as he was hired he was in the building about a week later," Ivlow said of the Notre Dame head coach. "This was (also) one of his first stops in the spring when they were first allowed to come in here. He sat down and we talked for quite a while.
"Charlie Weis made an impressive comment that he (Dale Martin) might be the best back in the Midwest in the spring.
"He's very confident. This was before the season, he said this is how it's going to be (at Notre Dame), and he's doing it," Ivlow said of the success the Irish are having on the field.
As I've mentioned, coach Ivlow has coached talented football players so he knows a good one when he sees one. According to Ivlow, it didn't take much to notice Martin.
"You hear the legend about what they have down below," he said describing Martin before he was in high school. "You hear about it, and you see film, he was a treat to watch.
"He came in his freshmen year and he's been up with the varsity ever since," Ivlow continued. "He was always a running back and he's stared since his sophomore year.
"He's a slasher, but at this age when he's becoming bigger and strong, he's becoming more of a power guy as well," he said of Marin's running style. "This year he's got a good combination of both. He can still lower his shoulder and knock people down, and he can still slash and he has the blazing speed. Next year when we put another 10 pounds on him he'll become a real bull.
Coach Ivlow listed Martin's offer total to be close to eight or nine including Northwestern, West Virginia, Nebraska, Ohio State and Minnesota.
Comments: Coach Ivlow didn't mince words; he knows he has a good one on his hands. He's had quality players in the program and Bolingbrook plays against the best competition in the state of Illinois. This is a player to keep an eye on. If you're in the Chicago area on Saturday, Bolingbrook plays at Wheaton Warrenville South at 1 p.m.