Beavs keeping eye on in-state WR

THE BULK OF the early Central Catholic recruiting attention has focused on Kevin Frahm and, now, Myles Wade. But Jaden Kaufman and Joe Martin could also make some noise this year. Martin (6-3, 210) played six different positions and returned kicks for Central Catholic last season. This year, the goal is to narrow those responsibilities and let him shine at one spot on offense and defense.

Martin is probably a receiver at the next level but Central Catholic coach Steve Pyne says, despite his height, he also has the hips and skills to make a good college cornerback.

"Joe's just a great athlete, he's the best athlete in our program," said Pyne.

THE BEAVERS ARE among those showing early interest in Martin, along with Utah, Idaho and Portland State.

Were Martin to go to, say, a Big Sky school he would probably play sooner but Pyne says he can see him developing into a pretty good Pac-10 player. Much will depend on this season, when Pyne hopes to be able to let him specialize on offense and defense.

At Central this year, Martin will play WR and corner, possibly some safety. Out of necessity last season, Martin played QB, TB, WR, C, S, LB and kick returner.

"And he was good at every single one of them," said Pyne.

FOR GIFTED ATHLETES such as Martin, the temptation can be there not to work as hard. But that's not the case here, said Pyne.

"Joe is one of those kids that everything has always come easy to him and generally those kids might not have great work ethics but Joe has really developed his," said Pyne. "He's really heeded my warning on that and he's doing all the things he needs to be doing to better himself."

DEFENSIVELY LAST SEASON, Martin racked up 60 tackles with 4 INTs. On offense, he had 4 receptions for 71 yards and 1 TD (17.8 avg); 27 rushes for 136 yards and 1 TD, (5.0 avg); three punt returns for 87 yards (29 yd avg); eight KO returns for 270 yards and 1 TD (33.8 avg); and went 4-for-6 passing for 123 yards and 2 TDs.

Martin ran a 4.66 in the 40 at the Oregon combine, one of the better times of the day. He projects as a full qualifier, as does Jaden Kaufman. (if you missed yesterday's article on Kaufman, click on the above link to go to his player page)

"They're both great character kids and I think both are going to make someone really happy down the road that they took them," said Pyne.

Joe Martin profile

To date, three state of Oregon players have given known verbally commitments to D-IA schools; Carl Sommer (Oregon State); Kevin Frahm (Oregon State); Marcus Mathews, (BYU).

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