Focus '07: Xavier Martin

Xavier Martin stands at 5-feet-9 and 165-pounds. By way of Xaverian HS in Brooklyn, NY, Martin took full advantage of the May Combine season by excelling at a pair of Combines held at Rutgers University.

"Recruiting is going pretty well," said Xavier Martin.

"I just had an HSPD [High School Player Development Program: the HSPD is a youth development program that mentors today's young football talent, with a focus on fundamentals and technique] meet this week in Brooklyn. We got to hit and my coach said that a few coaches came by and were impressed by how I performed," continued Martin.

Among the schools that were on hand to watch Martin was Rutgers.

"Rutgers was one of the schools that came by and asked for my transcript."

Other schools in attendance included Temple, New Hampshire, Penn State, and Duke. However, the list of schools currently pursuing the talented New Yorker is varied, long and includes Vanderbilt, Hofstra, Maryland, Virginia, Michigan, Michigan State, Syracuse, Illinois, Connecticut and Boston College.

Nearly halfway into the early evaluation period, a pair of schools have already made calls to Martin: Vanderbilt and Hofstra. Martin states that one of these schools is on his early favorites list, which includes (in no particular order) Vanderbilt, Maryland, and Syracuse. asked Martin to brief us on his list of favorites.

Vanderbilt: They were the first people to call me. I checked out their school and it has great academics also. And they had Jay Cutler who really helped put them on the map a bit.

Maryland: Some of my friends went there for an unofficial visit and the campus was real nice they said.

Syracuse: I went on a Junior Day visit up there. It was real nice and we got to talk to a few of the players up there.

Last season, Martin rushed for 1476 yards and 15 TDs and also had a pair of TDs receiving. At the Combine, Martin excelled by running a 4.41-40 and was tied with Kashif Moore (Burlington Township) for the highest vertical jump among seniors-to-be: 37.5". At a recent Nike Camp, also held at Rutgers, Martin showed off his skills once again where he ran a 4.4-second 40-yard dash and notched a 36" vertical.

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