Recruiting: Martinez Is Cowboys Fourth Commit

Oklahoma State added its fourth commitment for the 2007 football recruiting class on Wednesday with the pledge from lineman Nick Martinez of Floresville, Texas. Offensive linemen were some of the last commitments in last year's class, but the Cowboys are loading up on blockers early in this class with three of the first four commitments being offensive linemen.

Oklahoma State's satellite camps in Texas continue to pay off as Martinez was first seen by the Cowboys staff in the Houston area camp on May 30.

The Cowboys saw Martinez in Houston and he ran a 5.2 40-yard dash moving, well for a 6-4, 291-pound lineman. The two-time All-District performer has spent most of his time on defense, but projects as an offensive tackle or guard in college.

The attraction was mutual as Martinez was in Stillwater for the Cowboys' prospect camp last Sunday. He again ran well and looked good in the drills. As a result Oklahoma State went ahead and came through with a scholarship offer.

"I had been hoping they would offer," said Martinez. "I decided to go ahead and make my commitment. I liked the campus and the facilities. It has a good atmosphere, and the coaches are all good people. It has helped that I have had two times to be around them and even be coached by them."

Moving to offense doesn't appear to be a problem for Martinez, who added that he is expecting to play on the offensive side a lot this upcoming season at Floresville.

Not only did Martinez get a good look at the Oklahoma State staff, but the double camp exposure allowed offensive line coach Joe Wickline and Martinez' recruiting coach Doug Meacham plenty of opportunity to evaluate him on and off the field.

I saw him on Sunday during testing in Boone Pickens Stadium and he is every bit 6-4, 291, and has an athletic build. He ran well with a time in the 5.2 to 5.3 range. I did not see him during the practice portion of the prospect camp as offensive line worked primarily down on the far end of the practice field near Duck Street.

Texas Tech, Houston, SMU, Texas A&M and LSU were among the schools that had shown interest in Martinez. Playing at a smaller school in Floresville, Martinez had been somewhat under exposed as a prospect, but in making the camp rounds the interest on him was picking up. He added that his commitment is firm and that he is not going to any other camps or looking around.

Martinez joins two other Texans in Jason Hannan of Waxahachie and Jonathan Rush of Killeen as offensive line commitments in the 2007 OSU recruiting class. Defensive tackle Tyrell Higgins of Schertz (Clemens), Texas, is the other committed recruit.

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