Player Spotlight: Ray Martin
"It was after the season, in January, when my first offer came from Coach [Dave] Lockwood at West Virginia in January," said Ray Martin. "That's a school I really like. That got the ball rolling and currently I'm up to 14 offers."
Lonnie Galloway is one coach who heard about Martin when he was at West Virginia. When Galloway joined the Demon Deacon staff at Wake Forest this spring Martin was on his list to see.
"Coach Galloway came to watch me practice," said Martin. "It's a great school. It's hard to find any negatives about the program. You know if you go there you'll get great coaching."
ACC competitors Georgia Tech, North Carolina, and Virginia have also offered Martin. He's planning on camping at UNC and Wake Forest during the summer as well as two teams from the Big Ten who have offered in Iowa and Indiana.
"I'll be narrowing my list down sometime this summer to a top five, and hopefully have my decision made by mid-season," Martin said. "The coaching staff is very important to me. I also look at the education and how long it's going to take me to get my degree. I'd like to go somewhere with a chance at early playing time and how well I fit into their offense."
Martin (No. 4 for the ‘Noles) caught 41 balls as a junior for 490 yards and five touchdowns. He was named 2nd team All-Conference. The team went 11-3 making it to the semi-final round where they fell to Orlando area rival, Dr. Phillips.
"Vision was one big key," said Martin on his success last season. "I felt like I took it to the next level. I did well dragging my feet to stay in bounds. I'm catching 100 balls a day, trying to keep improving on my vision, footwork, and hands."
Despite numerous big time offers, Martin feels like he should be listed among the nation's best. He recently attended an Under Amour combine in Tampa at Plant High School to compete against some of the country's elite prospects.
"It was great," Martin said of the combine. "It went way better than I had expected. I went up against some of the Under Amour All-Americans and made them look bad. Plus, I learned a lot from the coaches who were there."
This spring Martin has visited South Florida for a Junior Day and Florida International and Miami. With strong showing at top combines, he may not yet be done with offers and is still hearing from some of the top programs nationally.
"Coach [Darin] Hinshaw from Tennessee came down and he loved my film," Martin said. "He told me he wanted to go over it with the other coaches, but said he was very excited with what he saw."
After coming so close to playing for a state championship on 2010, Martin says he only has one goal for his senior season.
"Get a ring," Martin said emphatically.
Martin competed in the 4x1 relay in the spring, 100 meter dash, high jump, long jump, and the triple jump for Seminole track and field. He hopes to pursue a degree in Sports Medicine in college.
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