Recruiting: Northern A Strong DT Prospect

We first saw Martinez "Marty" Northern of Lawton (Eisenhower), Okla., last August in a huge scrimmage at Edmond Santa Fe. We had a chance to see Northern against competition such as Santa Fe and Tulsa Union. He was dominant that night and the 6-2, 269-pound Northern went on to have a good season.

"I thought I played pretty good," said Northern of his season for the Eagles and head coach Boone Copeland. "I didn't have as many tackles as I thought I would have but I still thought I had a pretty good season and I know I can play better this season."

Northern is certainly determined and willing to do new things to improve his football. He is currently in the last month of his fisrt season of wrestling.

"Yes, I'm wrestling heavyweight and it is my first year," said Northern. "It's a tough sport but I'm doing alright. I don't know if I will make state or not. I've won some and lost some. It does help your football. I know that I've helped my hands, working my hands, and my quickness."

Northern said he has heard from one school so far in recruiting.

"I've heard from Oklahoma State," he said. "I get something in the mail every other day.

"I'm getting ready to take my ACT so I can go to school at Oklahoma State. I like the Cowboys."

Funny, it was another OSU he grew up rooting for as Northern said he was an Ohio State fan. "It's because my dad played basketball at Ohio State," said Northern. "He played at Ohio State after playing first for the Arizona State Sun Devils. His name is Mark Smith."

No basketball for Northern, football is his sport and he says he wouldn't mind it taking him to a different OSU.

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