Coming off a 2012 appearance in the 5A Colorado State Championship game, Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora looks poised for another strong season. Despite a week one loss to resurgent Chatfield High School, Cherokee Trail boasts one of the most talented defenses in 5A.
A key to that defense is 2014 defensive lineman Jacob Martin. The 6-3 220 pound Martin, currently an undersized defensive lineman, is an athletic defender with the ability to penetrate, a feel for getting off blocks and the motor to chase and finish plays. A polished young player, Martin uses his hands well, has a nice first step and can employ multiple moves to get penetration.
Looking at his own game Martin says he "would like to work on his run stopping skills." Due to his size and athletic upside which includes a 4.6 forth and 39 inch vertical, Martin is being recruited to play outside linebacker. The productive pass rusher currently holds five offers with Colorado State, Colorado, San Jose State, Montana and Idaho all on board. Martin also reports two new suitors are in contact with New Mexico State and Boise State both showing interest. Focused on the season and looking at his options Martin has yet to set up his visits for this fall and
Looking at his Cherokee Trail squad and what they need to do to return to the state title game Martin says, the Cougars are "working on maintaining high intensity in practice and games."