Martin set multiple state records as a senior with 112 catches, 16 touchdowns and 1,860 yards. Boulder (Colo.) Fairview coach Tom McCartney points to his ball skills first.
"He's a real ball catcher," McCartney said. "He works really hard to make sure he catches the ball extremely well. It's something that might set him apart from others. It's second nature to him to adjust his body to a ball. … Whatever the catch may be, he contorts his body extremely well. Anything that's near him, he catches. When the ball is in the air, he can change his body angle and make the catch.
Martin committed to Miami University when it appeared that a Rutgers offer was not coming. He changed his mind as soon as he established contact with coach Kyle Flood and spent time speaking with receivers coach Matt Simon.
Simon worked to bring Martin to the Rutgers camp this summer. Martin paid his own way, and quickly fell in love with Piscataway. Martin also camped at Iowa on his own dime.
"Sam is very excited," McCartney said. "This is a dream come true. If you're serious about somebody and they're out of state, you have to go to their camp and see them in person. That's the way recruiting is. A great place like Rutgers has a wide recruiting base. For you to even be considered for someone like that, you have to be seen."
Martin was one of the hidden gems of camp, making big plays in 7-on-7 portions and receiving significant attention from the coaching staff. Rutgers did not have room to issue an offer, but was quick to gauge his interest as Signing Day approached.
"He showcased his talents and showed that he was a tremendous player," McCartney said. "His father played at the University of Colorado when my dad, Bill, was the head coach. Sam wanted to follow in his dad's footsteps by playing big-time college football He wanted an opportunity to play in big-time bowl games and play at the highest level."
Martin currently sits as the lone scholarship receiver in the 2014 class. Rutgers aims to add more at the position before Signing Day, but has versatility in the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Martin.
"He's seen all sorts of players and strategies and coverages – man, cover-two, press – and Sam has a knack of getting open," McCartney said. "He has the speed – we clock consistently below 4.4 but it's on just a hand timer – and he uses it. He can go up high with the ball. We throw a lot of crossing routes.
"He just makes plays. He's really good as far as yards after the catch. He's just a go-to receiver. It's been a great year. He does everything that we ask, and Rutgers is getting more than just a receiver."