Martin Gets UCLA Offer

UCLA is doing well in recruiting, but they haven't gotten a commitment from a recruit at a position of need: offensive line. Last week UCLA went out to North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake and offered 6-7, 270-pound prospect Jonathan Martin, and Martin talked about how that changed his perspective...

UCLA needs offensive tackles, and they went out and offered one a scholarship last week.

He's Jonathan Martin (6-6.5, 270), from North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake.

"Coach (Bob) Connelly from UCLA came by on Thursday and watched our practice. Afterwards he offered me," said Martin. "I went to one of their practices and talked with him and Coach Dorrell. They are all really cool. They're definitely my number one choice right now, but I want to see what's going to happen with some other schools."

The main "other school" is California, and Martin said that after he camps there next month, he thinks an offer could be coming, which would allow him to choose between the two schools he said are his favorites.

"I'm pretty much sure a Cal offer is going to happen, so I'll see what's going on. Those are my main two schools. UCLA is the leader because they offered me first and the coaches have talked to me pretty steadily, but Cal is one I'm watching," said Martin.

Aside from his offer from UCLA, Martin has offers from Utah, Utah State and Ole Miss.

He's also getting a good deal of recruiting attention from those that haven't offered. "I'm hearing from the whole Pac-10, and several other schools, in particular, Cal and Oregon, Minnesota, Northwestern, Notre Dame and UNLV. I'm getting a lot of looks from Harvard. My parents went there and I have some family history, so I'm still keeping my options open," said Martin.

Martin said his favorite school growing up was a school in the Big East. "My favorite school was Pitt because my dad taught there," said Martin. "But they're really not an option, I haven't even heard from them. I'm a pretty big Steelers fan, too."

Martin said he'd possibly attend UCLA's camp, and is attending Cal and USC's camp this summer.

At 270 pounds now, Martin said he has an ideal size he'd like to be when he enrolls as a freshman in the fall of 2008. "I want to grow another inch or so and be closer to 300, but I've still got to stay slim because quickness is a major thing for me," said Martin. "Right now, I think I'm better at pass protection and I'm still working on my strength in run blocking and working on pad level. But I definitely think I can do both well in college. I want to play left tackle."

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