Martin Gets UCLA Offer

SEP. 8 -- The Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei 2016 four-star offensive lineman, Frank Martin, was offered on Saturday at the Rose Bowl...

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei 2016 offensive tackle Frank Martin (6-6, 300), got his tenth offer on Saturday and first from a local school.

UCLA offered me and that was pretty exciting,” said Martin.

The Bruins joined Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, California, LSU, Oregon State, Utah, Washington and Washington State in offering the state’s top offensive lineman in the 2016 class.

“They offered me as a lineman in general,” said Martin. “Coach (Adrian) Klemm is the one that told me I had an offer. I guess Coach (Kennedy) Polamalu had offered me too before. But now I know I have an offer from UCLA.”

Martin said the offer was one he’d been hoping to get.

“Having a UCLA offer is great to have,” said Martin. “They are close to home and they’re a great program. I’m looking forward to learning more about them.”

Martin was at the UCLA-Memphis game on Saturday night, and while there, saw a former Mater Dei Monarch have a big game, in Thomas Duarte.

“Thomas had a great game,” said Martin. “My freshman year, he was there at Mater Dei and I played with his brother.”

Martin said a couple of other schools have been in consistent communication with him and an offer could come.

“I would say Tennessee, Colorado and Oklahoma all could be close,” said Martin.

Martin grew up a USC fan and said that he’s talking with them often.

“I have been messaging with their coach for a little bit but they haven’t talked offer,” said Martin. “I talk with Coach (Tim) Drevno and Coach (Peter) Sirmon. I’m hoping to go to their next home game.”

Martin said that even if USC offered, he wouldn’t jump on it right off the bat, though they were the childhood favorite.

“I’m still open minded about everything, and if they offered, I wouldn’t commit immediately,” said Martin. “I have a lot of schools looking at me. I would have to sit down with my family and find the school that is the best fit and make the best decision for me, not just where I grew up rooting for them.”

Martin said there was one offer he got this summer that really stood out to him when it happened.

“Definitely LSU,” said Martin. “I was pretty surprised by that one. I had never talked to them before. But that was big.”

Over the spring and summer, Martin went to the Nike Camp and camps with Arizona State and USC.

He said he’s taken another jump as a player.

“I worked really hard this summer,” said Martin. “If I work the hardest, I know great things will happen and that’s what’s been happening.”

Mater Dei is 2-0 and has a bye weekend before facing Upland in two weeks.

Martin could visit someone this weekend.

“I may go somewhere for my bye week which is this weekend, but I don’t know where yet,” said Martin.

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