Mississippi DE Likes Red Raiders

The Texas Tech coaching staff has their sights set on yet another talented out of state prospect, 4-star DE Carlton Martin. The Mississippi native already has offers from a host of SEC schools but says he is excited about his newest offer from the Red Raiders. RaiderPower.com caught up with Martin to see how Texas Tech fits into the recruiting picture.

Four-star defensive end Carlton Martin out of Madison, Mississippi has received offers from many of the top schools in the SEC, including Alabama, Ole Miss, and Arkansas, but he says that his latest offer caught him a bit off guard.

"Texas Tech offered me about two weeks ago," Carlton explained. "I was kind of surprised when they offered. I had talked to the coaches there a little bit, and the day before they offered they called and we talked. Then I got an e-mail and they said they were offering me."

Martin says that he likes what he sees in the Red Raiders, despite his somewhat limited exposure to them.

"I like Texas Tech and am interested in them. I would like to major in computer engineering and think that it would be a good school for that. I plan on watching them more next season to learn more about them."

At 6'1", 261 pounds, Carlton has an athletic frame and the quickness that Red Raider defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill desires in his linemen. He also had a very impressive junior season, racking up 69 tackles, six sacks, and two fumble recoveries.

"I think what the coaches at Texas Tech like about me is my quickness. We haven't really talked about what position I would play yet, but they told me that I would definitely be a good fit for their D line."

With so many offers, Martin says he plans to wait things before making his final decision.

"I'm pretty open right now. I am hoping to visit Texas Tech for a game during the season sometime. Recruiting is kind of slow right now, and I'm not really sure if I'll get any other offers or not, so for now I plan to wait and commit sometime after football season."

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