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AURORA, Colo. - Chris Martin is honored to be one of just 90 players nationally selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, but at the same time, he views the opportunity as just another step on his way to his ultimate goal.
"I have always looked at the Saturday college game as where I want to be," admitted the five-star defensive end prospect. "I said if I ever got to play in any of these all-star games, I would take the opportunity. And I chose the U.S. Army All-American Bowl because of its tradition and everything I've heard about it."
Martin was placed on the East squad because he was originally expected to play his senior season at The Hun School in New Jersey. Instead, the Bay Area native showed up on the doorstep of Grandview High School in Aurora, Colo., just days before the Wolves began two-a-days this summer.
"I am never going to forget California because that is where I am originally from but I am going to represent Colorado as my state that I am playing for," Martin said at his U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection ceremony on Friday afternoon. "I'll also be representing Grandview and I am not going to disappoint ya'll."
Said Grandview head coach John Schultz: "We're very proud of how big, strong, fast and how well Chris plays. But more importantly, we're proud of his character, his humor and his leadership. We're very lucky to have him as part of our team."
Martin has dolled out as many bone-crushing tackles as any prep star the Centennial State this fall. Grandview finished the regular season with a 5-4 record.
"It has been fun," Martin said of his experience in Colorado. "I have been living with my cousin, he is a freshman here. The Grandview community has welcomed me. Other teams? Not so much. They don't like me too well."
On the recruiting front, Martin has been verbally committed to Notre Dame since February but he continues to entertain offers from five other programs.
"I am still loving the recruiting process. I am still heavily in it," Martin said. "I just recently came back from my visit to Notre Dame but recruiting doesn't stop for me. Coaches are still calling. I am still open to them, still open to taking visits."
Cal, Tennessee, USC, Florida and Oklahoma are the other schools in the running for Martin's signature.