CF.C talks w/ JC visitor, former prep phenom

COMING OUT OF high school in 2010, there was no better outside linebacker prospect anywhere according to, who ranked him 5 stars and No. 1 in the land. Flash forward three years later and he's a 6-5, 260-pound junior college d-lineman putting up some eye-opening stats. He's also tripping to Washington State this weekend. He talked with CF.C just moments ago...

CF.C was able to speak with Chris Martin for only a few minutes -- he was nearly on the plane when we reached him. But he is taking his official visit to Wazzu this weekend.

The former No. 1 ranked outside linebacker prospect in the nation and No. 10 overall regardless of position, Martin originally signed with Cal coming out of high school in Colorado. He then transferred to Florida a few months after signing day. He did not play in a game his freshman year due to transfer rules, but then left Florida to go the junior college route the past two seasons.

Martin also said he had some off-field troubles. Probably the most publicized was the misdemeanor arrest for marijuana while at Florida. But he also says those days are behind him.

"I was just happy and grateful man," Martin said of receiving the WSU offer. "It was great knowing that after my troubled past, they were able to see the changes I've made and that I'm a better person. I've matured and I'm ready to get another opportunity.

"Wazzu started recruiting me at the beginning of the spring. Coach (Joe) Salave'a came out and saw me during one of our team lifts. They kept in contact with me and Coach (Mike) Leach called me in early September and extended a scholarship offer. They obviously did their research and thought I could make a difference in their program."

MARTIN SAID HE holds offers from Washington State, Kansas, SDSU, Pitt and Syracuse. He said he might also have several more offers, but that one of his coaches at CCSF handles the recruiting and Martin has been focusing on his season and trying to win the national junior college title.

"It will be a new place for me to visit," Martin said of Wazzu. "..I also really want to follow up on everything the coaches have sold me on. I want to get a feel for the players and see how the program is changing.

"I don't have a top list and I'm honestly open. I'll be interested in whoever is willing to take a chance on me and see what the best fit is for me to play for my final two years."

Martin has two years to play two. He is on pace to graduate in a few weeks, enroll and join the football program at a 4-year school in January and will be able to participate in spring ball. The mid-year signing period for junior college transfers begins Dec. 19.


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Martin has played at both Navarro College in Texas and this past season, for City College of San Francisco. CCSF Plays Bakersfield for the State Championship next weekend.

In 2012, Martin has racked up 41 solo tackles (61 total) with 4.5 sacks, 11 tackles for loss, six pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

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MARTIN ALSO SAID he sees a kindred spirit in Mike Leach.

"I think he's a guy that has been unfairly scrutinized with something that happened to him in the past (at Texas Tech)," Martin said. "He's trying to prove himself to his critics who have labeled him, which is exactly what I'm doing.

"We kind of mirror each other because we are trying to change our image. He's doing it the right way, just like I have. It's a testament to persistence and perseverance."

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