"Oregon State offered me a few weeks ago," said Martin. "They had talked about it happening but I thought I was going to have to wait until the season started. Then Coach (Reggie) Davis, the recruiter for my area, e-mailed me and told me to call Coach (Mike) Riley and Coach Riley told me he was offering me. That was pretty exciting."
"Oregon, I've been hearing a lot from them and I'm thinking during the season they might offer me," said Martin. "And Arizona State is another school that I think could offer me soon. UCLA hasn't said anything about an offer, but they said they want to see some of my senior film."
That has been a common refrain to Martin, that the first few games of his season could decide if more offers come in.
"I know that the first couple of games will be big for me, so I'm just trying to stay focused," said Martin. "But I'm not in any kind of rush to decide. I want to set some visits and wait and see if any more offers come before I decide."
Martin said that five schools are standing out, four being from the Pac-10.
"My top five is Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, Minnesota and Arizona State, but no school is the leader," said Martin. "I'm the most familiar with UCLA and Oregon State because I know people there (former Santiago teammates Ryan McCants is at Oregon State and Tony Dye is at UCLA). I message Tony all the time back and forth and always tell him to put in a good word for me."
Martin is hopeful he can make it out to Westwood this week, either for a practice or the Bruins' scrimmage on Saturday before his team begins preparations for the fall.
During the spring and summer, Martin actively pursued camps and combines, earning all-camp honors at the Badger/New Level 7-on-7 Passing Tourney in Las Vegas and all-combine selection at the UnderArmour/Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles. He also attended the Los Angeles Nike Camp, the B2G Elite Football Program and camps at UCLA and San Diego State.
Academically, Martin said the work he needed to get squared away during the summer was done and that he's fully on track.
During his junior season, Martin helped the Sharks to the CIF-SS Inland Division finals. He had 116 tackles and one interception and had an eye-popping 27 tackles against Riverside (Calif.) La Sierra in week three, He also had a three game stretch with 55 tackles.
Santiago kicks off their 2008 season against Anaheim Esperanza.