We've been wondering for some time when the first offers were going to roll in for Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde linebacker Eric Martin. Martin is easily among the top 'backers in the region and his long awaited wait finally ended this past week.
Martin, 6-2, 215 pounds has all the physical tools to excel at the next level. He has an excellent frame and will have no problems packing on weight. He runs well, has good instincts, is a very solid tackler and his leadership qualities are off the charts.
At the SoCal NIKE Camp a year ago, he was rated among the top five 'backers at the event and received an award for top underclassman at the position. This past year, he again rated among the top five 'backers in the camp and is a high level Div I prospect.
On the recruiting front, several schools had looked at Martin but some academic concerns caused the athlete to play the waiting game in terms of picking up his first offer.
"Everyone loves him as a player," RV coach Pete Duffy said. "He's an incredible talent and once I told the schools that he would qualify and I could just about guarantee that, the interest in him has really picked up.
"Carl Pelini at Nebraska came by and basically offered on the spot. He loves him and then a few days later, Arizona offered as well. I expect the floodgates to open now and I could see him getting offers from everyone.
"He's just an incredible player and has every tool you could want. I've never had a kid like him before. I've had some great players, but no one who brings everything they have on every play and in every practice. He's going to be a great college player and some school will be very lucky to have him."