Pardon me in advance due to the frustration that I'm feeling right now writing this article. You see one of the state's top wide receivers in the 2016 class still hasn't received his first scholarship offer. I won't mince words here because Westside wide receiver Matthew Martin is the real deal. He absolutely most definitely can play on the college level and he put up solid numbers for the Rams last season and continues to play a high rate for them this off season in 7on7 action.
Last month the Rams went to Auburn University and emerged victorious there against some of the top high school programs in the surrounding states. Fluke? I think not. This past weekend they came to Duncan and beat host Byrnes for the Palmetto State Showdown 7on7 Championship. Luck? No way! Scott Earley the head coach for Westside has quite a few weapons in his offense and at the forefront is Martin. The 6'1 175 pound speedster did more of the same when we saw him at last year's PSS 7on7. Even then we knew he had the goods to be a college prospect. Fast forward a year later and he's still lighting up opposing defenses at a consistent rate.
When I say speed we're talking Martin has recently run a 4.38 second 40 yard dash and he made plays in Auburn and Duncan that wowed fans and this analyst alike. Don't judge a book by its cover the old saying goes and opposing defensive backs learn real quickly not to underestimate Martin and his game.
"Yeah it's always good to see hard work pay off. Going up against some of the best teams in teh southeast just lets us know how much our work has paid off. We just have to keep working hard everyday just getting better and better."
As we mentioned before we saw him torch opponents at last year's event in Duncan and he was at it again this past weekend. We asked him what aspects of his game he feels have improved the most since last year's PSS 7on7?
"Just getting bigger and faster. I'm always trying to get my routes better and better also."
Last season Martin had 65 catches for 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns. He had 1,300 all-purpose yards for the Rams. He's also set forth some goals for his upcoming senior season for Scott Earley's team.
"Just to double all my stats last year. Just trying to get better each and every day."
Given that he put up strong numbers last year as a junior we expected a rather lengthy list of suitors for Martin. To our dismay that simply isn't the case yet.
"I'm hearing from Appalachian State, Charleston Southern, and Coastal Carolina."
So what other schools out there does Martin want to hear more from moving forward?
"No one in particular. I'll be happy with anyone who shows interest in me and that would fit me best."
Coach Earley and staff should see more college coaches come calling this season for Martin. He is one of the top prospects in the state regardless of position without an offer right now. College coaches definitely need to take a closer look at the red head prospect who had fans, opponents, and analysts all saying "wow", "did you see that catch he just made?", "he just Moss'd that dude oh my gosh!", and "got'em!"
Stay tuned as we'll have some 7on7 game highlights of Martin in action later as well as his junior season highlights so you can see why we're so high on the talented prospect from Westside!
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