USC Offers 2010 Defensive End

2010 defensive end Chris Martin from Bishop O'Dowd High School (Oakland, CA) received a major surprise on Monday when his father informed him that he had received a verbal offer from the USC Trojans. "USC is very high on my list. I love the way they play football and everything about them," Martin said.

2010 defensive end Chris Martin from Bishop O'Dowd High School (Oakland, CA) received a major surprise on Monday when his father informed him that he had received a verbal offer from the USC Trojans.

"That was actually a big thing that I just found out from my dad," Martin said of the news. "He said that my coach left a voicemail saying that Coach Ruel, that was by the school the other day, left a voicemail saying that USC offered me. I got really excited about it."

USC offensive line coach Pat Ruel stopped by Bishop O'Dowd two weeks ago, but besides the visit from Ruel, Martin hasn't had much contact with the Trojans so Monday's offer caught him off guard.

"It was a big surprise," Martin said of the USC offer. "I haven't had much contact with them. I ran and told my mom that USC has confirmed that they offered me. I'm still excited by it.

"USC is very high on my list. I love the way they play football and everything about them. It's exciting to have one of the top-notch programs that is fighting for the number one spot and the national championship every year offer you. They believe that you can play at their program. I am elated by that right now."

Martin is a very fierce competitor on the football field and loves the passion and energy that Pete Carroll brings to the sidelines.

"He's a very intense guy. He is basically on the field as much as his players are. You see him on the sideline and he is basically right on the field with them," Martin said of the USC head coach. "You can tell that he has the type of relationship with his players that they feed off his energy and he feeds off of theirs. There seems to be great team chemistry with him there."

The 6-4, 222-pound defensive end will undoubtedly be one of the top prospects on the West Coast in 2010 and already holds offers from USC, Colorado, California, Stanford and Oregon.

"I'm wide open," Martin said when asked about the recruiting process. "The ones that have offered me are the top five right now. Other schools that have come by that I am interested in are Notre Dame, Michigan, UCLA, Arizona, Florida and Tennessee. Not to count anybody out but those are the ones that really stuck out in my mind."

Martin will have many options when choosing a school to attend and is looking for a school that combines football tradition with strong academics.

"First thing is always academics and the second thing is a school that has been known for a while and has tradition and the relationship with the coaches," said Martin. "Coaches that I can not only look up to as a coach, but also as a mentor."

Martin will attend the Under Armour/Scout Oakland Combine this weekend and will visit USC and UCLA in mid-July when he travels to Los Angles with his AAU basketball team.


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