Lee's Summit (MO) West high school is a regular stop for college coaches looking for D1 prospects, as Titans head coach Royce Boehm has built not only one of the top programs in the state of Missouri, but also regularly develops college prospects over the past few years.
This year alone six 2014 Titans players have received D1 offers with OG/DT Evan Martin 6'4" 280 4.97 forty time being among them.
Martin spoke to ShowMePreps.com following his recent offer from Toledo this week.
"I have been talking to Toledo's offensive line coach and this last time he offered me. It's pretty cool since he would be my position coach if I went there to have a relationship like this with him. He said they liked what they saw on my film and that I am pretty sound academically. It's a good school and my Mom is from Detroit, which is close by, and I have family in Ohio. So, I will look hard at them," said Martin.
Martin, whose has a 3.91 GPA, also has an offer from VMI.
"They offered me a little while ago. They also said that they liked my film and how I am explosive and aggressive off the line. They like me at guard and feel that I would really fit into their style of offense, Their offensive line coach is recruiting me," he said.
Beside those two offers, multiple schools have talked with him and are evaluating him.
"A lot of coaches come by school because of all the talent we have. I have spoken with Navy, Nebraska, Northern Illinois, Mizzou, Indiana, Kansas, Illinois State, Michigan State, Arkansas State and Missouri State."
I asked Evan if any of the schools were standing out or seemed close to offering.
"It was great to meet Bo Pelini who was by school recently. I am hearing from them…….. I also talk to Coach Mick from Navy quite a bit. I really like Navy and all the military academies. Coach Mick talks about the family atmosphere at the Naval Academy and they would like me to visit out there. I have always wanted to personally serve and defend my country. I always wanted to be an FBI agent or federal Marshall growing up…….Northern Illinois and Illinois State seem like they are close to offering me next, and a lot of schools are wanting me to camp with them. I might camp at Mizzou but I am not signed up to camp with anyone yet," said Martin.
The big lineman is the son of former Jefferson City, Missouri Tigers and NFL Defensive Tackle Steve Martin, and nephew of former Tiger basketball player Monte Hardge. So, the subject turned to Mizzou and his recruitment by the Tigers.
"I have known Coach Hill since I was about 9 years old. He has been my the school to see me and we have talked about recruiting and school and all of that. Mizzou is always going to be my home and I will always be a Tiger. Both my Mom and my Dad obviously went there and played there. Mizzou was her dream. Both my parents would like their son to be a Tiger, but they are supportive of me and will be about my decision. It's all about what is best for me. If they offered me it would be awesome. But I am not going hold out for that. I will just work my hardest and if it happens then great," said Martin.
Evan, who was coached in football through elementary school and until 8th grade by his father will be competing to go to state in the shot put, where he has thrown a personal best of 52'4" at his conference championship.
He spoke about some of the criteria he would be looking for in picking a college.
"I would say that I would like a chance to play defense. I will be splitting time between offense and defense this year, so hopefully ,so schools will notice and I will have an opportunity. However, I am a team player and would play safety if my coaches wanted me to.That will take care of itself. So, academics will be the most important thing to me. There is life after football and I want to be an electrical engineer. A good engineering program will be important. Also good coaches and a team that gets along well."