Elite Ohio Junior Talks Favorites, With Film Clips

Remember the name Ben Martin. Only entering his junior season, Martin may already be the state of Ohio's top defensive lineman, regardless of class. That is saying a lot when you consider the fine defensive line prospects in this year's senior class, but Martin lives up to the hype. We caught up with Martin recently for a recruiting update, and we also have some highlight clips of his sophomore year posted now. Take a look.

Several prospects from Ohio's 2007 class have already made a name for themselves, but one of the very best is a player that is not too well known among fans as of yet -- defensive end Ben Martin out of Cincinnati LaSalle.

Martin (6-5, 220) has unlimited potential as a defensive end. Ohio State has already taken notice as Martin was in attendance for the spring game.

"I was up for the spring game," Martin said. "It went great. The fans acknowledged us. They were high-fiving us and asking for autographs."

Martin had the chance to speak with a couple of assistants while at OSU.

"I spoke to (defensive coordinator Jim) Heacock and to (recruiting coordinator John) Peterson," he said. "I did not get a chance to speak to Coach Tressel."

Martin is also receiving interest from Cincinnati as a basketball player.

"I have not been anywhere but Ohio State and UC," Martin said.

An excellent all-around athlete, Martin shines in basketball and is also participating in track.

"I play basketball, but I will be a football player in college," Martin said. "I am running track this spring. I high jump and long jump and I recently ran the 4x100."

Martin, who lists his best 40 time as a 4.6, plans on playing some basketball this summer.

"I am not going to be doing camps this summer," he said. "Just the Notre Dame one day. I am playing AAU basketball this spring and will play this summer."

It is not a surprise to learn that Martin is not anywhere close to knowing what he will do as far as college -- he's only about to enter his junior year. But he does have a couple of schools he is interested in.

"I am going to go through the process because I don't know what I want to do," Martin said. "Right now, I am thinking about Ohio State and Notre Dame mostly."

What will Martin be looking for in a college?

"I think what it will come down to is location and my major," he said. "I want to major in education. I want to be a history teacher."

What makes Martin such an impressive prospect? Take a look for yourself as we have some video clips from his sophomore year. Martin has the size and speed combination teams are looking for in a pass rusher, and he can also deliver the pain -- just ask soon-to-be OSU freshman QB Rob Schoenhoft, who can be seen feeling Martin's wrath in the second set of clips.

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Clip 1 | Clip 2

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