Cougs offer speedy Florida receiver

WASHINGTON STATE figures to field this season an unusually strong corps of receivers but two of three starters are seniors – and the Cougs have offered a speedy playmaker out of Florida who is making tracks this spring.

The Cougs were just outside of Tampa recently at Seminole High to watch Ray Martin, a receiver and return man prospect, take part in the school's spring practice. It was his speed, Martin said, that went a long way to producing a WSU offer.

"I'm about 5-11, 170 (pounds). With Washington State, it was more about my speed. And then it was also my ability to make plays, and they came down and watched practice so that helped," said Martin.

Martin had 41 receptions for 489 yards as a junior, with five scores.

"Everyone (recruiting me) has just said they like how I make great plays," said Martin.

Martin, who has run in the 4.4 range in the 40, said distance won't be a factor in his decision.

"That home atmosphere, that's going to a be a big key…Because you can travel a long ways and be comfortable, feel like you're at home and be happy. Or you could travel (a short distance) and end up being unhappy. Near or far, it won't matter, just as long as it (feels right)," said Martin.

IN ADDITION TO the Cougs, Martin has picked up several full rides this spring.

"I have about eight or nine offers. Indiana, UCF, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Washington State, Temple are some who have offered….SMU has come by, I think they might be close to offering," said Martin.

Martin said he doesn't have a favorite, though West Virginia, who he said was first to offer, is among those who have made an impression. He won'plans on hitting some camps in-state this summer (Miami, South Florida) and hopes to also be able to venture out and attend West Virginia's as well as make a stop in the state of Texas.

"But everyone is pretty much on a level playing field right now," said Martin.

He also has some thoughts on what his decision timetable might be.

"Maybe the beginning of the season, or midway through…I'm here at Seminole and my high school team is my focus. I want to go into the playoffs with a clear mind, so it would be good to have (it done) before the playoffs," said Martin.

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