South Carolina Prospect Interested in UCLA

A defensive back prospect from South Carolina, 6-0, 198-pound Pat Martin, has scholarships from all over the country, including one from UCLA. And he says he's interested in taking a visit out west...

Pat Martin, the 6-foot, 198-pound safety from J.L. Mann High School in Greenville, S.C., says he has scholarship offers from Arkansas, Duke, UCLA, Maryland and Minnesota, but still denies a favorite. In fact, he says he doesn't have anything close to a top five yet.

"I'm wide open," Martin said. "Everybody is getting looks from me. I don't think I'll have a top five until later this spring or summer. There's other schools in the picture and I want to see who else comes in and offers me."

Growing up, Martin says he followed Clemson and Florida. "Clemson is right down the road," he said about the Tigers. "It's only like 20 minutes away. It's a nice place, but I don't care about staying close. I want to get to the next level and if that means going across country to do it, then I'll do it."

Speaking of going cross-country…UCLA has already offered Martin and he admits he's interested. "I don't know a whole lot about them yet," he said. "But I know that Los Angeles is a huge media market and I think I'd be able to get my name out there.

"That's definitely a school I'm interested in," he admitted. "I'd love to go out there for a visit. I actually have some family in California (Berkeley), but I've never been there."

Another Pac-10 school that Martin says he likes is Oregon and he plans to visit the Ducks on April 3. "I'm going there with Hakeem Flowers (three-star wide receiver from Wade Hampton High School in Greenville, S.C.)," he said. "They've already offered him and I think they'll be offering me too."

Martin says he's already developed a good relationship with a few Duck coaches via email. "Coach Chip Kelly and (secondary coach) John Neal email me a lot," he said. "They joke around and stuff. I can tell they're interested."

But what does Martin like about the Ducks? "I really like Oregon's defense and how they play," he said. "Plus, they have some of the best uniforms in the nation."

Martin has already attended junior days at Georgia Tech, Georgia and Duke, but only the Blue Devils have offered.

"Georgia was probably the best junior day I've been to," he said. "All the coaches knew my name and showed a lot of love. Coach Mark Richt never even talked about football at all. He just talked about being better men and I really liked that.

"The Georgia Tech Junior Day was good too," Martin said. "They have a great weight room and real nice facilities. The coaches seemed pretty cool. It's a fun place."

He may be heading back to the Peach State this summer for camps at Georgia and Georgia Tech. "They (Georgia Tech) said they'd probably offer me if I went to the camp," he said.

Martin is also considering attending a camp at Florida this summer as well.

Another Florida school that Martin says he's interested in is Miami. "I just talked with them yesterday (March 11)," he said. "I talked with (wide receiver) coach Aubrey Hill and (secondary) coach Wesley McGriff. They told me they love my film and that they'll be recruiting me a lot coming up. They had a pretty good pitch."

So while schools from all over the country seem to be interested in Martin, that's not the case with the local programs. "South Carolina is recruiting me but not like the others," he said. "They said they want to meet me in person, but I'm not sure they'll offer."

Martin plans on going through the entire recruiting process. "I want to experience it all," he said. "I'll announce on signing day. I'll probably do a press conference or something."

He finished his junior season with 112 tackles, four fumbles caused and two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown).

"I can hit hard and I'm able to move well too," Martin said. "I can be physical, but I'm smart too. I know what to do and when to do it."

He says he can bench 245-pounds, squat 325 and has a 34-inch vertical jump.

"I'm trying to get my forty speed down," he said. "I want to run a 4.4 (currently claims a 4.55). I also want to cover better and improve my back peddle. It's all about the back peddle."

Martin reports a 3.0 core GPA and a 17 ACT. He also got a 950 on the PSAT and will be taking the SAT later this spring.

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