Scout Ranking: #1 Center
The Trojans went into Utah and secured the commitment of Scout.com's top-rated center in the 2009 class, John Martinez. The 6-foot-3, 275-pound lineman showed great quickness and agility at USC's Rising Stars Camp. Martinez is a great run blocker with the athleticism to get to the second level and make downfield blocks.
He comes into a great situation where he can play behind Kris O'Dowd and get comfortable on the college level.
According to Carroll: "John Martinez comes from Utah, a kid we'll play at center. He grabbed our attention early on because he's an extraordinary effort guy. He played very much like Jeff Byers did when he captured our attention long ago in that he finishes and runs down field and makes hits and shows great versatility to play all the positions on the line."
Reason for Choosing USC: "I felt it was a good fit for me. I thought it was the place to be academic-wise and football-wise. It was the best choice overall for me and it's close to home."
Future Impact: Martinez will provide depth behind Kris O'Dowd at center for the next two seasons, and have time to learn the position and gain more strength and size. When O'Dowd graduates, look for Martinez to step in as the starting center.
John Martinez was one of the most athletic linemen in the 2009 recruiting class.
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