Martinez Visits L.A. Twice

Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood offensive guard John Martinez, the #3-ranked offensive guard in the nation, took his second official visit this past weekend, to USC, and will return to L.A. this coming weekend to officially visit UCLA...

Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood offensive guard John Martinez was in sunny Southern California this weekend, taking the second of his official visits, when he visited USC.

It was the second time Martinez had been out to Los Angeles this season to see the Trojans play, having been there in September for the Ohio State game. This time, though, was much different.

"Me and John went out there with Xavier (Su'a-Filo), so we had the little Utah contingent there. It was a great trip and it was was very interesting to see behind the scenes what they do for game prep. It was something I hadn't seen before. We've been out to USC two years in a row and we felt like we learned a lot more this time," said his father, Steve Martinez.

Martinez had two hosts on his visit, offensive lineman Martin Coleman on Friday and then a familiar face in Stanley Havili on Saturday.

"Stanley was a senior at Cottonwood when John started to play as a freshman, so we've known him for a while," said Steve Martinez. "We were there the full two days and Friday we watched them do their game prep and then all day Saturday, we basically spent the majority of it at the Marriott downtown. It was kind of fun to watch them do their walkthroughs in a carpeted ballroom," said his father.

Martinez is being recruited by both offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, who has Utah in his region, as well as offensive line coach Pat Ruel, and Martinez spent ample time with both of them.

"USC is looking at him as a guard or center, coming in and redshirting and backing up Kris (O'Dowd) as a redshirt freshman then starting as a redshirt sophomore when he leaves," said his father.

LSU is also looking at Martinez as a center, while UCLA is looking at him as an offensive lineman in general.

Those three schools make up the schools that Martinez is focusing on.

"Those are really the only three we're looking at, at this point. I honestly don't know if he'll take the other two visits," said his father.

Martinez visited LSU at the end of October and will visit UCLA this weekend when the Bruins host USC.

"Norm Chow and Bob Palcic have been doing the recruiting of him for UCLA and at LSU, it's been Gary Crowton almost exclusively but we've been talking more with Les Miles."

His next few weeks will be busy, because not long after the UCLA visit will come a trip out to Hawaii for the Mainland-Hawaii All-Star Game, back home for Christmas and then down to Orlando for the UnderArmour All-America Game.

"He's got a full plate, so if he gets those three visits, I think he'll be fine. He's talked about announcing at the UnderArmour game, but he's also talked about waiting until Signing Day. It wouldn't stun me either way."

One of the most heavily recruited offensive linemen in the country, Martinez, has long been on the radars of schools from around the nation and had several early offers. So the long recruiting process has been weighing on him.

"I think he's ready to get it over with, these recruiting trips are tough on him and I think he's ready to just be done," said his father.

Martinez is ranked as the #3 offensive guard in the country by Scout.com, and the #3 offensive lineman in the West.


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