As the 2017 class begins to draw to a close, USC hosted two dozen juniors on campus Saturday to get a head start on the class of 2018. One of those top junior prospects was San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon defensive end Jeremiah Martin.
“I went to one of the USC games this season, so the highlight for me was the coaches greeting me like I was one of their own players,” said Martin. “The recognized me and welcomed me.”
At 6-foot-6, 245-pounds, Martin is a two-way threat for the Cowboys. USC likes him as a pass rusher.
“I was watching the team practice and coach came over and asked me if I wanted to play receiver or defensive end,” said Martin. “I told them it didn't matter where they put me at, but they see me as a d-end.
“They like how I come off the edge as a pass rusher. They like how fast I am, but I’m able to stay under control. You have to get to the passer fast, but you have to stay under control. They said I do that very well.”
Martin watched both the offense and defense practice Saturday at USC.
“I was watching their receivers, and most of the guys are 6-foot-4, 6-foot-3 and shorter,” said Martin. “I’m probably too big for that. USC has a good pass rush, but nobody who really bounces off the edge. Well, except for No. 42. He was pretty good.”
USC has yet to offer Martin a scholarship, but he still has plenty of interest in the Trojans.
“I really like the campus,” said Martin. “You walk around campus and everyone is happy.
“It’s easy to get around, but if you don’t know where everything is, it can be hard. Thing is, everyone helps you to get where you’re going. You can stop people, ask questions and they’ll help you. It isn’t always like that at other colleges. They look at you like, ‘Why are you here?’”
Martin has scholarship offers from UCLA, Michigan, Nevada, San Diego State and Arizona. Speaking with the Trojans coaching staff Saturday, he could be closing in on scholarship offer No. 6.
“The coaches said that they should be getting around to offering me pretty soon,” said Martin. “I actually had a basketball game that day, so they didn’t want to get me thinking about that when I had a game later that day.
While it’s early in the recruiting process for Martin, he has a handful of schools he would like to hear more from.
“Notre Dame, Tennessee, Florida State, Oregon, Washington… places like that,” said Martin. “I’ve heard this places have good environments for college football.”
Martin plans to take additional visits to USC, UCLA and Arizona in the off season. The Bruins are one of the schools pursuing Martin the hardest.
“I talk to Coach Angus (McClure) every once and a while, but I also talk to Jaelan Phillips, who committed there,” said Martin. “I’m friendly with him, so we’ve talked about the program and why he likes it.”