It seems like Pat Martin has been a round for a while. And, in a way, he has. He singed with Tennessee as a four-star high school prospect, left the school shortly thereafter and has played at a pair of junior colleges since.
Still, here Martin is today, redshirt in hand and still able to play two seasons at the school of his choice. Sometimes, the eligibility clock ticks slowly.
Now at Kansas' Highland Community College, Martin is part of the school's best team in years. The skillset that made him a highly regarded safety prospect not so long ago is still intact. And the recruiting attention that seems to follow him everywhere? That's returning, too.
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Martin lists six scholarship offers already, including one from Oregon State. Other schools are entering the mix as well.
"Wisconsin, Georgia Tech and Utah State might offer soon," Martin said. "I think that's all gonna happen soon. Arizona called me today, so that should be popping off soon."
Naming favorites isn't a task very high on Martin's priority list. He refuses to do so, mostly because he feels more offers on their way. He doesn't want to corner himself.
"I want to take all my visits and then go from there," he said.
He's happy to elaborate a bit on certain schools, though. He has confidence in the coaching staff at Arizona and throws out a few comments about head coach Rich Rodriguez, who he feels has the Wildcats going in the right direction. The other school about which he chooses to go into detail is Wisconsin.
"Wisconsin is good school for me," Martin said. "That's a good program that puts a lot of players into the NFL."
Otherwise, his thoughts on specific programs are rare. He'll likely visit Oregon State and a group of other schools to be named later. The phrase "wide open" is a painful recruiting cliché, but it's absolutely true in this case. Martin could land at any number of colleges.
"It's early, so I'm just focused on football right now," Martin said. "I'm going to just let the school fall into place."
Martin spent last season at Arizona Western Community College before transferring to Highland in the offseason and helping to lead the Scotties to a resurgence of sorts. He will graduate from Highland in December.