Greyhound wants a fast start out of the gate

After spraining an ankle and missing his team's last 3 games RB/CB Quinton Martin 5-11, 175, 4.43 Monessen High School, Monessen Pa, wants to make his presence felt in 2004. Martin will be entering his 4th year as a starter for the WPIAL Class A Greyhounds.

Quinton Martin ran for 918 yards and 14 touchdowns during his shortened junior season. On defense he picked off 5 passes. During his sophomore campaign he rushed for 1,242 yards and 20 touchdowns and intercepted 2 passes. As a freshman he gained 776 yards and scored 8 times. Martin should be able to eclipse the 3,000-yard plateau for his career rather early into the 2004 season.

Indiana, Iowa, North Carolina, Michigan State, and Pittsburgh have been the schools after Martin the strongest. His only visit has been to Pittsburgh for their Blue Chip Junior Day in April. Pittsburgh is his favorite followed by Michigan, North Carolina, Indiana, and Boston College. Quinton is being looked at by some schools as a RB and by some as a DB. He prefers to play RB, but will play wherever he is needed.

Martin will be attending the Nike Combine at Penn State on May 15th, Metro-Index in May, and possibly AK recruiting showcase and the MSL/Insiders Combine at Cincinnati at the end of May. He is undecided on his plans for summer camp. Martin is currently running track, but not for Monessen as they do not sponsor a track and field team.

"Me and some of my friends go to open events when they have them, I run the 100 and the 4x100. Next year I am going to try and run for another school who has a track team."

Quinton is trying to stay in shape but recent events in the Monessen School District have not made that an easy task. Head Coach Joe Fischer was arrested twice and fired, and no new coach has been named yet. According to Martin "No teachers or Athletic Director will stay at the school to keep the weight room open for the players to use. Basically some of us are going to have to get memberships to the local YMCA if we want to lift weights." So basically taxpayers in the Monessen School District such as Quinton's family will have to pay to have their child use facilities elsewhere that they already are paying for at the school.

Martin has earned The Valley Independent Player Of The Week honors 3 times, Fabulous 22 as a sophomore, and 1st team All-Conference (Tri-County South) the past 3 seasons. He has a 2.0 GPA and is scheduled to take his SATS this month.

The two-way star wants to stay close to home, but will travel if he has to.

"I like the climate in Pennsylvania. You have all the 4 seasons, it's warm, it's cold it snows, it rains. I like the mixture of different things, it's not always hot and it's not always cold."

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