Vols one of top schools for Martin

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Justin Martin 's path from the prep ranks to junior college to eventually a university is atypical.

However, he's a perfect example of how coaches will find talent no matter where it is.

After playing at Overton High School in Nashville last fall, Martin transferred to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in January. Following three semesters in Miami, Okla., he figures to have a great shot at securing a spot in some university's two-deep for the 2015 season.

Tennessee is one of several schools recognizing the corner's ability and has a scholarship offer out for him. Martin participated in a camp in Knoxville late last week.

"I couldn't really go take a look at the campus and take a tour because I can't take an unofficial or official visit," Martin said. "I was just in the football area really."

The Music City native made the short drive east to see the Big Orange play Auburn at Neyland Stadium in November.

"At the beginning of the game, it was a lot of people, it was real live," Martin said. "I just feel like UT is going to get back one day."

The JUCO talent, who clocked consecutive 40-yard dashes in the low 4.4-second range at Tennessee's camp, insists that the Volunteers are one of his favorite schools.

"They're up there in the top," said Martin, who also has considerable interest in Ole Miss and South Florida. Memphis and Middle Tennessee State placed offers on the table as well.

Defensive backs coach Willie Martinez and linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen are the top Tennessee assistants aiming to convince the former Overton (Tenn.) High School standout that Knoxville is the place for him.

"(Martinez) is real cool. He's a good defensive back coach," Martin said.

"Coach Thing is cool. He's a good recruiter."

The 6-foot-2, 179-pound cornerback explained that after getting his GED and being at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College this past spring aided his development.

"I feel like it helped me a little bit on my game playing against people already on a different level than high school."

No other camps are on the schedule presently: "I don't know yet; I'll just play it by ear."

The Golden Horsemen open up their 2014 schedule at College of DuPage on Aug. 30.

"I'm really excited. I plan on doing really good," Martin said.

The cornerback hopes to enroll at the four-year university level in May 2015.


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Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the Scout team July 2011.
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