Recruiting Update - Alfred Martin

Lyndhurst Brush defensive lineman Alfred Martin is quietly getting some big-time attention from big-time programs. The defensive lineman is one with a lot of potential who could actually play on either side of the ball in college. We caught up with his head coach for the latest.

Ranked in the Top 100 Ohio high school players by Ohio's Future Stars Magazine, DT Alfred Martin is looking to make a big impact in the upcoming season. The Lyndhurst Brush High School standout has already received offers from major football programs, including Nebraska, Louisville, Cincinnati, Minnesota, and Bowling Green.

Head football Coach Eric Mitchell commends Martin's approach to the recruiting process as a whole. "He has been exposed enough to where he appreciates everyone that comes in and shows interest," explains Coach Mitchell, "he listens intently to everyone that tries to sell their program, and I will sit down with him and his aunt and list the pros and cons of the universities he is interested in and go from there."

According to Coach Mitchell, colleges are most attracted to Martin's speed and strength. He has the ability to separate himself from blockers effectively. "Alfred runs effectively to the football whether it be at him or away from him to assist on a play or make a play," says Coach Mitchell.

Martin has played all four positions on the defensive line, but is expected to be a defensive tackle in college. If he is going to play at the end position, however, he is going to have to master some more moves. "He's got two really good moves that he uses, but he will need to master five or six more if he is going to be a successful end," says Coach Mitchell.

At 6'5", 260 pounds, Martin is a force inside but will have to get bigger and stronger to play on the inside, simply because the size of the competition is bigger. In terms of skill and technique, Coach Mitchell feels Martin needs to learn the little things that all defensive linemen have to learn like looking at alignment of the opposition and looking at the knuckles of a player lined up against him to decipher where the opponent's weight is.

For the upcoming season, Coach Mitchell feels Martin has to be the team's best player and the best lineman in the greater Cleveland area. Martin welcomes these high expectations and works hard to accomplish his goals. For Lyndhurst Brush to be successful this season, Alfred Martin will have to continue to physically dominate the line of scrimmage.

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