Martin Motivated to Succeed

After making a big impression at the Los Angeles Nike Camp last month, the 6-4, 350-pound offensive lineman from Los Angeles Crenshaw Marcus Martin snagged his first scholarship offer and is receiving serious interest from several other schools. Here's the latest...

After making a big impression at the Los Angeles Nike Camp last month, Crenshaw offensive lineman Marcus Martin snagged his first scholarship offer (Washington) and is receiving serious interest from several other schools.

"I am hearing a lot from USC, Michigan, Washington, UCLA and Florida," Martin said. "I like everybody. I can't say who I like and who I don't like because everybody is a great contender."

Martin burst onto the scene with his impressive performance at the Nike Camp. The massive guard matched up against some of the top defensive linemen in California, including USC commit Antwaun Woods, and more than held his own.

"He got me twice and I got him once, so he won that battle," Woods admitted.


Marcus Martin is one of the top OL in Cali.
So how did Martin asses his performance?

"I think I did really well. I went against everybody that said they were somebody and I think I did really well. I took on every challenge," he said. "I think everybody that I went against was a good defensive lineman."

Despite opening up holes for DeAnthony Thomas, who is one of the most sought after recruits in the 2011 class, Martin has flown under the radar. But schools have now started to take notice of his rare combination of size and athleticism.

"First off, I am 6-4, 349 pounds and not too many people can move as well as I do," he said. "I think it's my heart and my drive that separates me."

The personable big man revealed that he is motivated by his desire to get a college education and make a better life for himself.

"I take from my father's experience because he didn't go to college and my mom's experience because she didn't go to college," Martin said. "I look at where we are living right now and I just want to do better than they did, and I want to be a successful person in life."

Martin is becoming quite familiar with success after helping lead the Crenshaw Cougars to the City Section title and a berth in the CIF State Open Division finals.

"I had fun playing at the Home Depot Center. Even though we took home a loss, it was a good experience. Not too many people get to play at the Home Depot Center on television with everybody watching you," he said. "I had family from all over watching it. It was just a fun experience to be able to play somebody outside of the City Section."

Reporting a 3.2 GPA, Martin is looking for a school with a strong combination of academics and football.

"Academics and intensity," he said. "If they don't have good academics then I won't even look at a school, but if they have academics and intensity then it's an A+."


Marcus Martin goes through drills at the Los Angeles Nike Camp last month.


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