2010 Prospect: D-End Chris Martin

A name to jot down and remember for the 2010 recruiting class is Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd defensive end Chris Martin, who has three verbal offers and plenty of other schools that are showing interest in him, including UCLA...

Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd defensive end Chris Martin knows his time will be coming very soon. The class of 2010 pass-rusher still has 21 months until he can sign a letter-of-intent, but that hasn't stopped several schools from showing interest in him.

Three schools, in fact, have verbally offered the 6-4, 215-pound Martin, with plans to have a letter in his mailbox on September 1st, officially offering him.

"Cal, Colorado and Stanford have all said that they are going to offer me officially on September 1st, and that they're verbally offering me," said Martin. "I met with Coach (Brian) Cabral when I took an unofficial at Colorado. I met with the Stanford coaches at their Junior Day and I'm scheduled to meet with Coach (Jeff) Tedford at Cal."

And those are just the three who are getting a head start.

Oregon, USC, Georgia, Florida, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and UCLA are a few of the other schools that Martin has interest in, and will likely draw attention from over the course of the next two years.

"Oregon and USC may come by the school. Notre Dame, Michigan and Florida have invited me to their team camps, but I'm not sure if I will be able to attend them all. UCLA is another school I want to check out. I've always been really interested in UCLA," said Martin.

Martin said that while it's still early, and he is in no rush to make a decision, one school is carrying a lot of weight in his home.

"My mom has always been about academics and Stanford has always been her dream school for me. With Stanford, you could play for a BCS school and get a Stanford degree. She has a Stanford bias," joked Martin. "My mom, she looks at every school from the academic standpoint."

But Martin said that he does like the Cardinal, and see's the program as well-rounded

. "Coach Harbaugh is doing a very good job there and I had a good time talking with the coaches when I went up there," said Martin.

In the meantime, Martin said he's just going to enjoy the process and let it all soak in before he starts to worry about which school he'll choose.

"I had always gone back and forth about when I would make my decision," said Martin. "I've taken a lot of advice and my best choice would be to narrow it down to a good 6-7 schools that I really want to go to and take official visits to the ones I'm more comfortable with. And that won't be for a while."

Martin said he's hoping to get up to 225 pounds by fall and to 235 by the time he enters college. The early attention is something he wasn't expecting, but its being taken in stride.

"I'd always been around teammates who could play but they were always struggling to get offers. So I never thought I'd see them. It humbles me though, because I know I still have a lot of work to do."

Last fall, Martin finished with 109 tackles, five sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions.

Academically, he has a 3.1 GPA and said he would be taking SAT and ACT prep classes this summer before taking them starting next fall.


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