Last year J.L. Mann had a successful season when many thought it would be a down year for the Patriots. One of their most talented defensive prospects, 2011 S/CB Pat Martin, is the latest to be featured in SCPrepNation.com's "UP NEXT" series. We sat down with Martin to bring you all the details of his recruitment early on in the process.
Last year as a sophomore Martin logged significant playing time and he accumulated 44 tackles, had an interception, forced a fumble, and also rushed for a touchdown. Checking in at a ready 6'0 192 pounds Martin has a large frame on the high school level at his safety and cornerback position. Already a number of schools are in the mix for the 2011 prospect because of his talent and size.
Just 2 seasons ago former J.L. Mann standout S/CB J.T. Floyd patrolled the airways for the Patriots. That connection apparently has Martin highly interested in the Wolverines.
"Yes I'm going to attend camp at Michigan this year. I can't wait to see Ann Arbor," Martin said.
Last year saw the Patriots face a tough out of conference schedule highlighted by AAAA Division 2 state champions South Pointe. "South Pointe was the toughest team we played last year. Stephon Gilmore and Devonte Holloman were definitely the toughest guys I faced last year."
One look at Martin and it's easy to see why schools are already recruiting the 2011 prospect. Currently he's a bone jarring safety or corner at just 15 years old but he very well could continue to grow into a linebacker possibly.
"I'd have to say that my closing speed is my biggest strength right now. I feel I can get from point A to point B the quickest. I need to work on my tackling ability. That's what I'm working on a lot this offseaon."
Pat says his goals for next season are pretty straight forward as he wants to help the Patriots win their region and become an all-state selection.
With 2 more seasons to go SCPrepNation.com will keep a close eye on Martin as he appears set to become a major prospect if he continues to develop at his current pace.
Inside The Numbers...Pat Martin
Bench pres: 235 pounds
Squat: 315 pound
Fastest 40 time: 4.62 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.4 seconds