Martin Proves Himself at Rising Stars Camp

2010 Bishop O'Dowd linebacker Chris Martin made the trip down from Northern California to Los Angeles on a mission to prove himself at USC's Rising Stars Camp. Martin, who hadn't played defensive end since the seventh grade, looked like a natural at the position, consistently beating some of the nation's top offensive linemen in one-on-one drills.

2010 Bishop O'Dowd linebacker Chris Martin made the trip down from Northern California to Los Angeles on a mission to prove himself at USC's Rising Stars Camp. Martin, who hadn't played defensive end since the seventh grade, looked like a natural at the position, consistently beating some of the nation's top offensive linemen in one-on-one drills.

"Me and my mother and father talked about how Northern California kind of gets overlooked, so we took it as this is my time to prove myself," Martin said.

"The best players in the country come to USC to compete, and if you can compete there and be one of the top players, you can prove that all the notoriety that you are getting is legit. That's kind of what I went into the camp saying ‘It's time to prove myself."

Martin not only proved that he will be one of the top recruits in the 2010 class but also showed that he has the versatility to play both linebacker and defensive end on the college level.


2010 prospect Chris Martin
"I feel like it went good. It was a new thing to me," said Martin, who has played only linebacker at Bishop O'Dowd High School. "I played a lot of defensive end because they (USC) are recruiting me as a hybrid defensive end/linebacker.

"I really hadn't had much experience with that. My technique wasn't the best but I felt like I had a good showing for the most part."

A good showing would be a major understatement to describe the tremendous ability and potential that Martin displayed while competing at defensive end for the first time in years.

The 6-4, 222-pound prospect matched up against four of the top offensive linemen in the 2009 class at USC's Rising Stars Camp and won a overwhelming majority of his battles in the trenches.

"Xavier Su'a-Filo, John Martinez, Stan Hasiak and Kevin Graf, those four are the ones that I really went up against," Martin said.

"It was fun because the first time I went was against Xavier (Su'a-Filo). We have become good friends since Stanford's Junior Day. It was fun to go against him and it seemed like we went the most against each other.

"Going against Kevin Graf, who I have heard a lot about, it was overwhelming a little bit because he was so big, and it kind of humbles you and lets you know that you still have a lot of work to do."

While Martin still has some work to do, he was able to gain a lot of knowledge about his new position in his short time working with the USC coaches.

"There was a lot of new stuff that I learned and hopefully I can translate it into the season, where I hope my coaches will let me play defensive end some time ," said Martin.

Martin, who knew he had a scholarship offer waiting for him before the camp started, came down a day early to talk with the Pete Carroll and the USC coaches.

"It was flattering to be there with the guy that you see on TV, who is always fired up on the field, and now you are in his office sitting with him and he is offering you a scholarship to go to his school," Martin said of Pete Carroll.

"I am very proud of myself and what I accomplished at the camp and it is always good to leave there with an offer from USC."

Stay tuned to SCPlaybook.com for regular updates on Chris Martin throughout the recruiting process.


Chris Martin and Xavier Su'a-Filo battle at USC's Rising Stars Camp.

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