Martin Taking A Good Look Around

In addition to a high number of spring visits, Bud Martin getting ready for the upcoming Elite 11 camp in Illinois.

Coming off his first year as a starting quarterback, where he threw for 1,060 yards and 17 touchdowns, Lee Martin is now investing himself in a number of visits and camps.

One of those, the Elite 11 camp in Illinois, is upcoming. It's something Martin has been getting ready for, for quite some time.

"I've been training pretty hard, but I was actually blessed to be invited to this event," Martin said. "This has been one of my goals for awhile. It's really exciting."

All in all, Martin said he's visited 23 schools in recent months, and he's already set up some camp visits too. He's visited in-state South Florida, and has also gone as far away as Penn State. He's also interested in maybe camping at Pittsburgh this summer. He went to Penn State for the Ohio State game.

"That was amazing experience, we liked it a lot," Martin said. "It would be a blessing to go to a place like that. I talk to coach (Larry) Johnson every once in awhile. They want to see me throw in person.

"Pittsburgh, I'm definitely interested in learning more about them. I went up there my freshman year to watch Woodland Hills play Manatee. I love the state. It's a pretty cool place to visit."

One thing challenging for him, heading into his junior year, was not solely the fact that he was in his first year as a starting quarterback. It was the fact he was transitioning from linebacker to quarterback. Having played linebacker, it's been a big help in reading defenses. This offseason, it's been more about building off just playing quarterback, as opposed to learning a completely new position.

"Conditioning wise, I was okay, because there is a lot of running involved at linebacker," Martin said. "The transition was rough at first. Mentally is the biggest challenge, just being able to read a defense. It's more of a mental aspect than it was a physical one. The fire, the pressure, because I played linebacker, that wasn't a big deal."

One of his first camp stops this summer will be a four-day span in North Carolina, where he'll camp at North Carolina, North Carolina State, Duke and Wake Forest. South Florida is one of the schools that has shown the most interest. He also plans to camp there.

"I thought it was tremendous, I never thought about USF," Martin said. "I've always looked at Miami as my dream school. I never really thought about USF. Going up there, with the new staff, there's a lot of energy with the new coaching staff. Even when you're up there, the coaches are going from meeting to meeting to meeting. I like the energy they have."

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