Junior college rules mandate that Justin Martin wait until after the season to start taking official visits. The Northeast Oklahoma A&M Community College cornerback left high school early in an attempt to qualify in a hurry. It appears as though Martin will do just that, but his recruitment isn't moving as fast as the academic side of things.
That, of course, is not due to lack of opportunity. Martin holds scholarship offers from Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ole Miss and others. He names no leader in the process and says he intends to take plenty of visits before doing so.
That said, it's clear that one opportunity is special.
"I grew up rooting for LSU," Martin said. "It's kind of cool that they have offered. That's DB university. They send the most defensive backs o the league. It's also where my favorite players growing up, Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu, went to school."
Martin attended an LSU camp this offseason and also visited Florida. At this point, he remains unsure of destinations for his winter official visits. The Tigers and Gators, along with Tennessee and Ole Miss are recruiting him the hardest as of now, but his choice will be all about fit.
The checklist Martin is currently working from is a familiar one for junior college prospects.
"Really, I just want somewhere where I can fit in and have a chance to play early," he said. "My biggest offers are in the southeast, but I don't have to play down there. It's just how things are working now. All my bog offers are there. I feel like I have a chance to play at any school I go to, but Tennessee, Ole Miss and Florida are losing players. Florida had three guys go into the draft, so there are some positions to be filled."
Because Martin is yet to play a single down of junior college football, it seems unlikely that his offer list is done growing. The three-star cornerback says he feel he may be close to earning offers from Ohio State and Florida State, both of which remain heavily involved in his recruitment.
According to Martin, he is on pace to graduate from NEO in May. He will have four years to play three seasons at the FBS college of his choice.