Recruiting: Martinez, Kaufusi Visit

I spoke this afternoon with Steve Martinez about the visit last weekend to Oklahoma State that he made with his son, John Martinez, and his adopted Polynesian son, Keni Kaufusi, both of Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City. Kaufusi, a defensive tackle in the Class of 2008, was on an official visit and John, an offensive center or guard in the Class of 2009, made the trip as an unofficial.

Mr. Martinez confirmed my observation as both young men have been listed as taller on various lists. Keni is 6-1 and right now 275 pounds.

"He's only really played one year of football other than little league," said Mr. Martinez. "He hasn't been able to do much in the weight room and that is natural strength right now."

Kaufusi is a late recruit for the 2008 class because it just became known around or just after signing day that he would be a qualifier. He has visited Colorado, and other schools that have shown an interest are Utah, Utah State, Oregon State, and, of course, Oklahoma State.

"We've really pushed the BYU correspondence," said Martinez. "There has been a lot more books being used than pumping of iron lately."

John Martinez is right at 6-3 and is looked at as a very gifted center or guard prospect that has (written) offers from 23 schools. In fact, Martinez just maxed out in spring lifting and had a 365-pound bench press and a 455-pound squat, excellent numbers for a young junior (he is still 16).

He currently weighs around 265 to 270 pounds coming out of basketball and actually played baseball for awhile this spring before giving up the diamond to concentrate on the weight room.

"We received the offer on signing day from USC and I was surprised," said Mr. Martinez. "I said, 'John, this is USC. Is that where you want to go?'" He said, 'I don't know, maybe.'

"Since then he's been offered by Florida, Georgia, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Arkansas. LSU has offered. Ohio State hasn't offered, but they have made an appointment to come down and watch him work out during the evaluation period. They were the first ones to do that," Mr. Martinez said.

Oklahoma State and Kansas State are in a group of schools that offered Martinez, who runs a consistent 4.9, and has run as low as 4.7 hand timed in the 40-yard dash. He is very athletic.

So, the question begs, how did the visit go? "It was great," said Martinez. "We came to the homecoming game last year because you know John and Alex (Cate) went to school together. We've talked to Alex and know his experience there.

"Honestly, OSU wouldn't be in it if it wasn't for the west end zone (project). That is incredible and caused us to give OSU a second look. That 1,000 square feet or whatever it is makes a difference. At a lot of schools, they (athletes) have to go place to place to get everything done, like their regular workout. It will save their players one hour a day (having everything in one place)."

Martinez said Kaufusi, who is working hard to finish off his academics, is still looking at Utah, Utah State, and Oregon State is making a strong push. Mr. Martinez hinted that Colorado was not as strong a factor as once thought.

The best thing is Mr. Martinez took our number and promised to keep us informed if anything happens before we check back again later this spring or during the summer.

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