Over the last five years, Teaneck H.S. has produced some impressive Division 1A football players. Last season, Lance Ball had a very solid season and is competing for the starting position at Maryland. Another former Teaneck standout, Tamba Hali was named first-team All-American and one of the big contributors to the Penn State turnaround last season. The player poised to be the next standout appears to be Randy Martinez. This 6'2"-245lbs OLB/DE is an aggressive player who excels at rushing the quarterback.
Currently, he holds offers from Rutgers, North Carolina, Temple, and Cincinnati with heavy interest from Duke, Maryland, and Boston College. The three latter ACC schools are currently going through the evaluation process and might tender an offer in late September. Early in the summer, Martinez stated that he intended on making a decision this month. Since that time, he has reconsidered and now intends on making a decision during the middle of the season. Therefore, he will be taking visits during the football season. Although he states that "I'm keeping my options open" and does not have any favorites, he stated that he will definitely visit Rutgers, Maryland, and Boston College.
When discussing what criteria his decision will be based on, he stated the following:
- Coaching Staff - he stated that he must feel comfortable and have a good relationship with the coaching staff. Currently, he is very comfortable with the coaching staffs of Rutgers, Maryland, and Boston College because he has talked to them the most.
- A defense focused on the OLBs or DEs - Due to his ability to rush the QB and aggressive nature, he would prefer attending a school with the focal point for the defense as the OLBs and DEs..
- A strong academically based school - Although he is open to other fields of study, he would prefer if the school offer Culinary Arts as a major.
Below is what he feels about some of his favorites:
- Virginia - He attended one of the spring practice. He liked the aggressiveness of the players and the practice along with the intensity level. "I like the program a lot".
- Maryland - attend their camp for one-day. He really likes the coaching staff especially his recruiter.
- Boston College - He liked the way that they runs their practice. The campus is beautiful.
- Rutgers - He likes the way they provide individual functional instruction. He stated that "they are up and coming with a good recruiting class and a chance to win the Big East". Another factor is his family and friends will have a chance to see him play.
Since he will be making a decision in the middle of the season, he stated that he will utilize some of the open dates in his football schedule to make official visits. The first open date is in week three and he stated that he will likely visit Rutgers on that weekend.
Another twist to the Martinez recruiting puzzle involves former Teaneck HS standout Ryan Martinez, Randy's brother. Ryan totaled near 100 tackles as a Senior at Teaneck HS but wound up going the JUCO route instead. Most recently, the elder Martinez has expressed interest in becoming a member of the resurging Scarlet Knights program, as a walk-on.
Randy informs SOR that his brother will be transferring to either Rutgers or New Hampshire and that a decision could be made as early as this week. If his brother attends Rutgers, Randy stated that it would impact his decision. He looks up to his brother and would not mind playing with him again. They have not played together since he was a freshman in HS and he would love to play with him again. He stated that it would be "the best". His older brother will assist him in making a final collegiate decision.