Four-star offensive lineman Frank Martin II doesn’t have an offer from USC yet, but he expects that to change very soon after visiting with head coach Steve Sarkisian during the Trojans’ Elite Junior Day on Saturday.
“The offensive line coach isn’t there yet and Coach Sark said he wants the offensive line coach to offer me,” Martin II said. “Once the offensive line coach is settled in, then they’re going to give me the offer. An official offer is coming in about a week.”
With no offensive line coach to chat with and guide him around during USC’s Junior Elite Day, Martin II said he spent most of his time with Sarkisian and offensive coordinator Clay Helton.
“They said they love me and they said I looked great because I’ve dropped 15-20 pounds and they hear a lot of good things about me from Coach Sark.”
Though the 6-foot-6 offensive tackle from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei didn’t receive a scholarship offer on Saturday, he still had a great time. Martin II had previously taken an unofficial visit to USC, so he said he was used to the campus. He saw a lot of the same stuff, but enjoyed the chance to talk with the coaches and get a better feel for them.
“It was a great visit and I love the coaching staff up there. It was great to be among other elite players that are your friends,” he said. “I feel like I was among an elite group. It’s just great knowing that I know these people too.”
“That’s great. I’m really happy for Curtis. He’s a great player and I’m really happy that he’s on my team and I get to go up against him,” Martin II said. “We make each other better so hat’s off to him.”
Robinson and Martin II could very well continue the traditional pipeline from Santa Ana to Los Angeles, joining a number of Mater Dei Monarchs that have later worn the USC cardinal and gold. Martin II said it’d be a great opportunity to be a part of that legacy. But he plans to “exercise all of his options” during the recruiting cycle.
As the No. 1 tackle prospect in the state of California and the No. 135 Class of 2016 recruit overall, Frank Martin II will have plenty of options by the time National Signing Day rolls around next year. A big domino will likely fall within the week after USC hires an offensive line coach, which sources say will be Oklahoma State’s offensive line coach Tim Connelly, and Martin II is officially offered a USC scholarship.
“When the offer comes, it’s going to be a great day, but I’ll still keep all of my options open,” Martin II said. “I have a top five, but I haven’t released it yet. I don’t know when I’m going to release it, but it’s going to be soon.”