USC Gets Big Commitment

Any fans that were worried about the impact that the recent NCAA ruling would have on recruiting, have to be thrilled with the news that Crenshaw offensive lineman Marcus Martin has decided to commit to USC.

Any fans that were worried about the impact that the recent NCAA ruling would have on recruiting, have to be thrilled with the news that Crenshaw offensive lineman Marcus Martin has decided to commit to USC.

Martin burst onto the scene with a strong performance at the Los Angeles Nike Camp in April, and after taking part in USC's linemen camp this weekend, he decided to stay close to home and commit to the Trojans.

"I talked to the coaches today and told them that I was going to commit," Martin said. "They said that they were happy to have me and welcomed me to the Trojan Family."


Marcus Martin picked USC over UCLA, Arizona and Washington.
The three-star offensive lineman held offers from USC, UCLA, Arizona and Washington. Beating out a trio of Pac-10 rivals for Martin's commitment, just days after the NCAA handed down sanctions, is a very promising sign for the future of USC recruiting.

"I like the (USC) coaching staff, the pro-style offense and it's right at home," he explained. "I'm very comfortable here and they make me feel like family."

Speaking of family, the decision to commit to USC was supported by everyone in Martin's inner circle.

"My whole entire family was for me to go to USC," he said.

The Crenshaw standout is the first offensive lineman to commit to the Trojans, which is a position of need for the 2011 class. Standing 6-foot-4, 349 pounds, he has a rare combination of size and speed which makes him a very promising prospect.

"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," he said.

Martin spent time at USC watching spring practice and quickly built a strong bond 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."

With this commitment, Martin is the eighth player in USC's star-studded 2011 class, and the second player from Cresnhaw High School, joining teammate DeAnthony Thomas.

"We are going to have a great team when we get there," he said. "We are all just talented and going to be deep at every position."


Marcus Martin goes through offensive line drills at the L.A. Nike Camp.


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