This past weekend USF hosted close to 100 prospects for their first junior day, and on of them was Tampa Catholic's Corey Martinez, a 6-foot-4, 295 pound offensive lineman, who's already considered a top prospect and he's only a sophomore.
The 6-4, 295 pound offensive lineman already has a long list of accolades, including, Class 3A All-State Team, Times All-Hillsborough County team, an invitation to the U.S. Army National Combine in January, earning honorable mention, was selected to the second-team Maxpreps sophomore All-American team. He was also named to the All-madden team at IMG the last two years
The stand-out prospect mainly plays tackle, but is versatile and can also play guard and center.
"My best assets I think are my footwork, that and my explosiveness off the ball," said Martinez. "I have really good footwork and I can really drive my legs."
This past weekend, the sophomore standout visited USF junior day to see what the hometown Bulls had to offer.
"It was really a good time and a great experience," I got to see a lot of things that I haven't seen," said Martinez. "I'm local, but haven't had the opportunity to rally check out USF before."
"The campus and facilities are really beautiful," said Martinez. "The weight room is great and their practice fields are just amazing. They also showed us their remolding plans for a new locker-room and indoor facility and that's going make everything that much better."
"I was really impressed with their academics," said Martinez. "Just everything they have to offer and their approach to academics really stood out."
Martinez also got the opportunity to spend time with the USF coaching staff.
"I really liked talking to offensive line Coach Shankweiler and Coach Scott. They told me a lot of stuff that I didn't know before," said Martinez. "Coach Shank is really a great guy and very down to earth. He seems like a great coach and I feel that I can really relate to him. He told m he really likes m and hops to see me there in a few years."
"It was really cool talking to had Coach Skip Holtz," said Martinez. "He also seems like a very down to earth guy and is very family oriented. I like him a lot and he seems like a really good guy and a great coach."
During the visit, Martinez found out some great news and that USF was extending him his first offer. Corey talks about how the offer went down.
"Yes they offered me," said Martinez. "I was talking with Coach Rick Smith, my recruiting coordinator and he told me you have an offer here at USF, so you don't have to worry about that and to just focus on school and on football."
Martinez talked about how it felt to get that first offer.
"Actually, I was really surprised. I never had a coach come up to me and tell me something like that and show that much interest in me," said Martinez. "I was real happy and very excited."
"It was my first offer, and for it to come from the local school was really nice," said Martinez. "I was shocked, but really ecstatic at the same time."
The local standout talked about Coach Holtz and staffs vision of keeping the top local guys at home.
"They had us all separated by counties, with all the local guys together and that was real cool," said Martinez. "They said that there is so much talent here in our backyard that we can make a huge difference for their team and in the big east. I think that would b a great thing to have here."
Martinez talked about how the visit affected how he felt about USF.
"Coming in I didn't know a lot, except that they were a good team and a big school," said Martinez. "But once I was here I got to see the campus, the facilities, and the academics all rally impressed me. I really liked the coaching staff and being with them was a great experience, and that was a big key and what I liked the most."
USF was his first offer, but Martinez said other schools are showing interest in him.
It may be way early in the process, but Martinez already has a few early favorites.
"My top five would probably be USF, FSU, Georgia, Mississippi State and Florida," said Martinez. "Those are my early favorites."
Does being the first program to offer carry some weight for Martinez down the road?
"They are my first offer and that's important. I'll always remember it," said Martinez. "Right now I'm going to keep my options open and do what's best for me and my family. But USF offering first definitely is a key component in the recruiting process for me."
As to what's next on tap for the rising junior prospect, Martinez plans on hitting the camp circuit this summer.
"Right now I'm just focused on school, but I'm going to hit some camps this summer," said Martinez. "I'm definitely going to go to USF's camp. I'm also leaning on going to FSU's camp and possibly Alabama's. I may go to Miami's camp and try to make it back to IMG as well."