Frank Martin II had been expecting a scholarship offer from USC. The coaching staff told him at the Trojans’ Elite Junior Day that they wanted to wait until the new offensive line coach had been hired.
Since Bob Connelly has been hired, Martin II said he has been in contact with him, but when Connelly sent him a Direct Message on Twitter asking him to call, Martin II had a feeling an offer was coming.
He called Connelly and chatted with him before Connelly handed the phone over to Steve Sarkisian, who provided the four-star offensive lineman with his “dream offer.”
“I was very excited first of all. I’ve been talking to the coaches for a long time,” Martin II said. “It’s crazy because I’ve been wanting that offer since I was a kid. Now that it’s actually happening, it’s pretty exciting. It’s a goal that I accomplished.”
The Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei offensive tackle still plans to go through the entire recruiting process contrary to what some people believed.
“I’m still going to do the whole recruiting thing. I’ll commit after the Army game or whatever game I’m in or something like that,” Martin said. “I’m still going to take all of my trips and stuff. I’m not going to commit really fast like everyone thought. Everyone thought that right after I got the USC offer, I was going to commit immediately, but that’s not the case.”
Instead, Martin II will try to narrow down his 25 current scholarship offers using a list of criteria that starts with staying on the West Coast. He said he’ll also look at the degree programs and how well he fits both with the coaches and the system they run.
Martin II said he plans to visit USC and UCLA a couple of times before his senior season begins and hopes to also make trips to a couple out-of-state schools, including Oregon. While he’s not committing on the spot after receiving USC’s offer, the Trojans do have a lot of things going for them, including the uptempo no huddle system.
“We run that at my school, so it’s not going to be a big difficulty getting used to it because I’ve already been introduced to it.”
There’s also the pipeline that has been established for more than a decade or more from Mater Dei High School to USC that has included greats such as Matt Leinart, Matt Barkley and Khaled Holmes along with current players Jonathan Lockett and Grant Moore.
“A lot of people say that Mater Dei is a little USC, so it’s kind of cool knowing that a lot of people went to USC from here.”
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