The Mountaineers already have a pair of "next year" commits in the form of tight end Stone Wolfley and wide receiver Jovon Durante, but they aren't slowing down in their efforts to get an early jum on players that won't sign for more than a year and a half. The latest to get an offer is wide receiver Tavares Martin, another pass catcher who has earned eight additional offers in addition to the one made to him by West Virginia.
"It was good to get the offer from West Virginia," Martin told BlueGoldNews.com. "Coach JaJuan Seider, I know him well from here because he's from the same home town as I am, and when he made the offer I was happy to get it. I'm definitely interested in West Virginia."
Martin, who also holds offers from schools such as Florida State, USF and Miami, is a multi-talented performer who has played quarterback, wide receiver and safety for John I. Leonard High School in Greenacres, Fla.. It's at receiver, though, where he sees his future.
"I can play either the slot or outside," the 6-2, 165-pound athlete said. "I see myself on the outside, but I will play wherever the coaches want me to. I'm a playmaker. That's what stands out about me the most. I put my team in position to score. When I get the ball in the open field, I can make things happen."
Martin isn't ready to start narrowing down contenders for his signature yet, but he does know what he's looking for in a college. He lists the coaching staff, school history, environment and his fit in the offense as the major points he'll be evaluating when he does make his choice. With Seider recruiting him, WVU has a nice edge in the familiarity and coaching staff angles, and clearly Martin is a fit from a scheme standpoint, so the Mountaineers figure to be right in the thick of things in this recruiting battle.
Martin attended one camps and has played 7-on-7 this summer, but expects to turn his attention more toward recruiting in the summer between his junior and senior years. He said he plans to attend more camps and work on his speed and strength to prepare himself for the next step in his career.
As a junior, Martin had a team high 46 catches for 860 yards and five touchdowns.