Trojans Thinking Big

The last two months have been very good for three-star offensive lineman Marcus Martin. The Crenshaw standout has watched his recruitment heat up with several Pac-10 schools showing interest, and after a recent conversation with USC head coach Lane Kiffin, the big man now has trio of big offers.

The last two months have been very good for three-star offensive lineman Marcus Martin. The Crenshaw standout has watched his recruitment heat up with several Pac-10 schools showing interest, and after a recent conversation with USC head coach Lane Kiffin, the big man now has trio of big offers.

Martin really caught the attention of the recruiting world with his strong performance at the Los Angeles Nike Camp last month. He was arguably the top offensive lineman on the day and more than held his own against a talented defensive line group that included Antwaun Woods, Christian Heyward and Todd Barr.

"When I got to go to the Nike Camp a lot of people got to see me in person. They wanted to see me up close and see what my feet were like," he said. "They got the opportunity to see me in person and were amazed by how great my feet were and how hard I worked.


Marcus Martin has offers from USC, UCLA and Washington.
"I see myself as a big dude, but I was gifted with athletic ability, and being able to move like I move is a big thing."

College coaches agree that Martin's combination of speed, power and agility make him a promising offensive line prospect. This week, USC became the latest school to offer the 6-4, 349-pound lineman a scholarship, joining Washington and UCLA.

"I called the USC coaches and we just got to talking and (Lane) Kiffin was like, ‘I want you to be a Trojan,'" Martin said. "It's a big thing and I was excited and happy. I couldn't even put it in words because (USC) was always one of my dream schools.

"It was kind of like when I got my first offer. When I got my first offer from Washington I was just so excited and when SC offered I had the same feeling."

Being a local kid, Martin has spent time watching practice at Howard Jones Field and has become very comfortable with the new coaching staff.

"They are very enthusiastic. Every time I come on the campus and get to watch practice they are always pushing their players to do better than the other player," he said. "It's just a lot of competition.

"My position coach, Coach Cregg, was telling me we need you over here and having you would be great. It would be a big thing if we could snag you and get you going. Coach Kiffin is just a cool level headed guy that has been around the game for a while and knows it more than other people would."

Martin has spent his high school career opening up holes for DeAnthony Thomas, who is one of the top recruits in the country. And while the pair are friends, they don't plan to pressure each other when it comes time to make a college choice.

"Some people think it will be a package deal or something like that. DeAnthony is my friend and my buddy, but I have no influence on where his decision is and he has no influence on me as far as my offer," Martin explained. "If he decides to go to the same school that I go to, whether it be USC or Slippery Rock, that's his decision."

So when will a decision come?

"I have no idea. It could be today, next week or it could be Signing Day," he said. "You never know."


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