LB "Very Interested" in PSU

Randy Martinez will be one of the Northeast's most sought after recruits in the Class of 2007. He has already reeled in his first six official offers, and is receiving looks from some of the nation's top programs. In addition to being a standout on the gridiron, he is also the top ranked heavyweight wrestler in N.J.

Randy Martinez, a 6-foot-2, 245 pound, linebacker, from Teaneck, N.J. is a great talent who is receiving an abundance of recruiting attention.

"I have offers from Rutgers, Temple, Virginia, Cincinnati, Boston College, and North Carolina. I am also very interested in Penn State, Michigan State, Syracuse, and Maryland," Martinez reported.

Teaneck head coach Dennis Heck filled us in on Martinez's strengths on the field.

"Randy always plays with a great motor. He never takes a play off, and his ability to chase the ball would be his strongest asset. He has great hands and uses them to his advantage to play off of the blocks," the coach said.

Martinez patterns his game after one of the top linebackers in the NFL.

"I definitely try to pattern my game after Ray Lewis. He is the most tenacious player in the league right now, and I try to put some of that in my own game," Martinez explained.

Martinez's biggest inspiration off the field is his brother (Ryan Martinez), who helps him prepare for the game on a day-to-day basis.

"He trains me. He helps get me in the shape to perform at the highest level. He keeps me motivated to keep going and to keep pushing hard, so I can be the best player I can be," Martinez said of his close relationship with his brother.

Martinez is also a standout on the wrestling mat, and currently he is the top ranked heavyweight in the state with an undefeated record (30-0). He takes the grappling skills he learns in wrestling and transfers them over to the field.

"Wrestling definitely helps to prepare me for football. It has taught me to be very balanced. That really helps me out a lot. I can keep my feet and keep pursuing all the time. I am also able to use my hands and come off of the blocks against the run," Martinez explained.

Martinez has been able to unofficially visit the campuses of Michigan State and Rutgers, and he liked what he saw on both of those trips.

"I went to a junior day at Rutgers. I really liked the facilities and the campus. They have also seen a huge upgrade as far as their talent is concerned. They are definitely an up and coming program at this time."

"I also went to see Michigan State. They have a lot going on up there as well. Their players were nice, and I enjoyed the campus. It was just a good college setting to be around," Martinez reported.

As a junior, Martinez racked up 80 tackles and six sacks, while on the way to earning All-League honors.


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