Martin: "I want to make an impact"

The University of Pittsburgh's 2006 football recruiting class was considered one of the top ten classes in the nation. Head Coach Dave Wannstedt and staff added seven outstanding defensive line prospects. One of the top players amongst the seven happens to be tough and rugged tackle Jared Martin from Western High School in Davie, FL. The PantherDigest.com recently spoke with Jared about his future.

"Letter of intent day was one of the happiest days of my life," stated stout defensive tackle Jared Martin (6-foot-1 ½ inches, 290 pounds) from Western High School in Davie, FL. "It was the happiest time, but the hardest decision I have ever had to make. It was a decision that would directly alter my life. My parents have usually made solid decisions for me. I had to make this one on my own. I feel great about going to the University of Pittsburgh."

Martin was considered one of the top defensive linemen in south Florida. He was a three-year starter on both sides of the line. Scout.com ranked Jared the 85th best defensive tackle in the nation.

"I'm officially heading to Pittsburgh on June 24th. My roommate, Dexter Davidson, is going up the same time as well," said Martin. "I have talked with a few of the other recruits. Joe Thomas and John Malecki are heading to Pitt the same time we are."

Martin is amongst the strongest recruits in the class of 2006. He has a short, thick frame well packed with muscle. Jared is known for his tree-trunk legs, broad shoulders and massive trapesius. He is capable of bench pressing 400 pounds and squatting 500 pounds. "My mother calls me ‘no-neck'," replied Marin. "I'm currently working with a strength and conditioning trainer. I have dropped fat and added muscle. Right now I'm closer to 285 pounds, but I'm much stronger and a little leaner. My goal is to get bigger, faster and stronger before heading up to Pittsburgh."

Martin was named All-Broward County and he was selected to play in the prestigious Nike Dade-Broward County All-Star Classic. He led his team to two district championships.

"There were a lot of factors that led to my decision to join Pitt. I liked that they were somewhat rebuilding and needed help on the defensive line. When I watched them play, I could tell they needed help with the interior of the line. The coaches told me the same thing. I felt that I could go there and make an impact. John Malecki and I have talked about getting there and dominating. My goal to get to Pitt, work really hard and push for immediate playing time. I want to be on the field next year."

Jared is a vertically challenged lineman at 6-foot-1 ½ inches. Scouts that evaluate Florida talent often stated his height was his only true detriment. When asked if he would have difficulty on the next level due to his squat stature, he quickly scoffed, "My height has nothing to do with my level of play."

"You need leverage against your opponent. My size helps me gain leverage on offensive linemen. I went head to head with (Notre Dame recruits) Sam Young and Dan Wegner. They were considered some of the best high school offensive linemen in the country. I more than held my own against them. I love playing against top competition."

"I feel that our recruiting class is going to help Pitt quite a bit next year. I'm working hard every day to get there in the best shape of my life. I want to get there and be a difference maker."

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com


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