January 14, 2010

Martin aims to be the top safety for 2011

Junior Greenville (S.C.) native safety Pat Martin has high personal goals for the next year as he prepares for the onslaught on recruiting and his final high schools season. The hard-hitting safety is looking to be one of the best in the 2011 class and he showed off his skills at the U.S. Army National Combine last week.

"I felt like I did pretty well at the combine. I matched up against some great players in the one-on-ones. Going against that caliber of receiver was good and I got a lot of good work in," Martin said. "I think I did really well in the individual drills. The coaches gave me a lot of feedback and said I would be a good defense back. They told me with my size and speed I can be effective against both the run and the pass. Any school I might go to will be able to play me up close to the line of scrimmage because I have the skills to be effective stopping the run. I can also bump and run well."

Martin's toughest matchup in the camp was against Northern Guilford (Greensboro, N.C.) wide receiver Maurice Harris.

"Maurice Harris was the toughest guy to cover," he said. "He was the most impressive."

Recently Martin got his first scholarship offer from the University of Minnesota and he thinks many other schools will be following the Golden Gophers lead.

"I got my first scholarship offer a few weeks ago from Minnesota," he said. "I think Michigan is about to pull the trigger and Clemson. I think that right now those are the two schools closest to pulling the trigger. I am going to Clemson for their junior day and I might be going to Maryland and Miami as well."

Georgia Tech was the school Martin recently said was his top program early in his recruitment and there were several factors for why he said he liked the Jackets so much.

"I like the atmosphere and the way the coaches work at Georgia Tech," he said. "It feels like a big family down there. They told me I could play either safety or linebacker down there, so that is pretty cool."

Martin has no plans to narrow his list anytime soon and he will be making plenty of trips over the next several months, but he does have a few teams that stick out to him right now.

"I would like to stay at safety because I like making plays and I would love to be a safety in college," he said. "Right now I am most interested in Alabama, Texas, Georgia Tech, Georgia and Miami."

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