Martinez Talks About UCLA Visit

Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood offensive guard John Martinez, the #3-ranked offensive guard in the nation, took his second visit to Los Angeles in two weekends, this time officially visiting UCLA after visiting USC the weekend before...

Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood offensive guard John Martinez was back in Southern California for the second straight weekend, this time visiting UCLA officially, a week after visiting USC.

"It was a great visit," said his father, Steve. "UCLA presents a very compelling case for talented kids who can play right away. They brought in a real good freshman class, but you look at the line and you see the need. So early playing time is a plus for them."

Martinez was hosted by freshman running back Milton Knox and also met some of the other recruits on the trip.

"Milton is a hoot," said Steve Martinez. "He's really funny and he and John really hit it off. We saw Morrell Presley there, Joel Gray, the receiver James Jackson. They looked like they were having a good time."

Martinez had unofficially visited UCLA during the summer, but his official visit gave him a chance to talk with the UCLA coaching staff at length. "I like those coaches a lot," said Martinez. "Rick Neuheisel is as good a salesman as you'll find and Norm Chow absolutely knows what he's doing with an offense. And Bob Palcic, he's coached everywhere from UCLA, Ohio State to Wisconsin, and coached great linemen from Joe Thomas to (Tony) Boselli to (Jonathan) Ogden."

A weight room fanatic, Martinez and his father also got to meet with Mike Linn, the Bruins' strength and conditioning coach. "The new strength coach, Mike Linn, he looks driven and psychotic enough to get those kids to buy into his program or else," joked Martinez.

Martinez was supposed to be joined by his good friend Xavier Sua-Filo, but Sua-Filo stayed in Utah to finish an Eagle Scout project.

From Los Angeles, Martinez flew to Hawaii, where he is going to play in the Hawaii-Mainland All-Star Game. Later this month, he'll fly to Orlando to play in the UnderArmour All-America Game.

Martinez has also visited LSU officially and he'll visit an SEC school next month.

"Another visit popped up late, he's going to visit Arkansas," said Martinez. "He, Percy Talemoalu and Kenny Kafusi, the three of them are going to trip to Arkansas the 8th-10th of January."

Martinez is not planning on making a decision until after the trip. He's the #3-ranked guard nationally by

Bruin Report Online Top Stories