Standing on the sidelines we were watching and videotaping and there's a slender kid for the Westside Rams who makes a pretty nice grab in the corner of the endzone. A few minutes later on their next possession the same kid grabs another one over the top of a defender in the endzone. Our interest perks up. During the course of that first day at the Palmetto State Showdown 7on7 Tournament we found ourselves veering off our scheduled slate of games to peek in on the Rams and number one. Well by that afternoon we were sold that "number one" was a player who's definitely one to watch this coming season so we caught up with him after one of his games. Enter "number one" or 2016 wide receiver Matthew Martin. He's "UP NEXT" with us here on SCPrepNation.com.
The 6'1 175 pound prospect talked about his sophomore season and surprised us with some rather shocking info when we asked about it.
"Yes sir, I played varsity last year. I played running back though."
The response floored me because to watch Martin make a ton of catches over the weekend against some of the top teams from across the state and surrounding states you'd think he'd been playing at wide receiver his entire career. Martin made plays look easy and looks like a natural at the position. So how did he felt he performed at the 7 on 7 tourney against top flight competition?
"I feel like my hard work is paying off and my team is doing great this year. We're only looking to get even better."
Martin has not heard from any schools yet but he will attend a camp this coming weekend.
"I'm going to Charleston Southern's camp on Saturday."
Asked if there are any particular schools out there that he'd like to hear from Martin replied, "I just wanna go on and play at the next level and if I get to pick from more than one school I'll decide when the time comes."
Former Vanderbilt and Byrnes wide receiver Matt Quinn is an assistant for the Rams and we asked Martin if Quinn has played a big role in how fast he's made the adjustment to wide receiver from running back?
"Yes Coach Quinn and our new wide receivers coach have both been a big help in learning more about wide receiver for me."
Martin says his goals for his upcoming junior season are to help his team win region and a state title.
The 2016 prospect informed us that he won't max out in the weight room until next week but that his fastest 40 time to date is 4.5 seconds. He utilized that speed blowing past defensive backs all weekend long to make some of those 31 touchdown catches.
We'll keep a close eye on Matthew Martin and the Westside Rams as they showed immense progress as the day went on during the tournament in Duncan. If Martin can replicate some of the play he put on display come this season we're banking that his name is one that college coaches will be inquiring about during these next two seasons.
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