March 24, 2010
LSU offer 'big' for S.C. safety
Not only are offers starting to pile up for Greenville (S.C.) J.L. Mann safety Pat Martin but the offers that are coming in just happen to be some high profile opportunities. Already with offers from the likes of Arkansas and UCLA, Martin picked up an offer on Tuesday from LSU and it certainly caught his eye.
"I called Coach Cooper and Coach Chavis and all them and they were telling me that they were offering a full scholarship," Martin said. "They were like 'we want you on our team and you can play any position you want.' I talked to coach Miles too and he was talking about it too."
Martin likely projects as a safety on the next level but has the ability to line up at cornerback as well. With LSU's track record of producing athletes, he likes what he knows about the Baton Rouge program.
"That's a big one because year in and year out they're one of the top five teams in the country," he said. "It's big. It's the SEC too and they get guys in the NFL too."
The communication with LSU was an accelerated process. After communicating with defensive coordinator John Chavis on Facebook, Martin sent his film off to the coaching staff last Tuesday. Exactly one week later, LSU was ready to offer.
"I'm interested in them," he said. "I'm still open but they have a good chance."
LSU becomes Martin's sixth offer but there will likely be continued competition for his signature. Asked who may be close to offering next, Martin mentioned another national brand name.
"Probably Penn State because I was talking to their coach today," he said. "He was telling me that their top two safeties are me and Avery Walls. I'm open to everybody. I don't have a top team."
Next week, Martin plans on going to Clemson for its spring practice. That follows a visit to Columbia this past weekend for the South Carolina spring practice. Though neither program has offered yet, Martin enjoyed his trip to Columbia.
"It was real fun," he said. "They play five defensive backs so I like that. They run a 4-2-5. The coaches said they love my film they just have to see me in person. I think it should be coming in the mail but I don't know yet."
As a junior, Martin had 90 tackles and two interceptions at safety.
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