CLEMMONS, N.C. — Khalid Martin is out to prove his exciting postseason performance and subsequent rise in recruiting interest is no fluke.
He played a big factor in aiding his East Forsyth (N.C.) Eagles grab a rivalry-game 23-10 victory over West Forsyth Friday night.
“It’s very big,” Martin, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound 2019 safety prospect, said after the game. “We have to move on to next week now.”
Martin has already nabbed college offers from Penn State, Wisconsin, Southern Miss and Wake Forest.
“To be his age and do what he does in big games — that’s the real important thing. He came out, and played all last year, but in the playoffs he was unbelievable,” East Forsyth coach Todd Willert said. “He forced turnovers, made big hits and made an impact. To have a freshman do that in 4-A football is what makes him special.
“He’s got the size. He’s got a good attitude and he’s only going to get better.”
There’s plenty of D-1 talent at East Forsyth, with Wisconsin commit Madison Cone patrolling the secondary along with Martin, and Wake commit Christian Beal starring on the offensive side of the ball.
“They’re really are letting me pick my own path with everything I’m going into,” Martin said about his teammates. “They critique me on what I need to do to help my game.”
As a high school sophomore, Martin likes the impact he makes, but knows he still has plenty of room to grow.
“I have a great sense of urgency. I come down to make hits on runs. I’m good in coverage,” he said. “My game could improve in every way. That will make even more schools come my way.”