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SoCal LB lands offers

Corona (Calif.) Centennial is home for one of SoCal’s best linebacker prospects. This talented linebacker has been selected all-league for the last two years and now has three offers on the table, to go with lots of recruiting interest.
The linebacker in question is Brett Martin (6-0, 220, 4.6). Martin collected 125 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, six pass deflections and three sacks.
Martin has goods strength with a 315 pound bench, squats 450 and cleans 285. He was a standout at the Nike camp held at USC last April where he recorded a 33-inch vertical jump and a tremendous shuttle run of 40.6.
Martin is known has a very intense football player who flies to the ball. He has the foot speed and quickness you love to see in an outside linebacker.
Most of the schools that are recruiting him are projecting him as a Will backer where the college of his choice will take advantage of his quickness and his outstanding tackling ability. When Martin arrives on the scene, the ball carrier goes down.
Another strength of Martin’s is his pass coverage ability. When an offense splits three receivers wide, Martin ends up covering one of the wide receivers.
The three schools who have offered are Cal, Kansas and Hawai’i. This is an interesting triad.
Cal under new head coach Jeff Tedford is taking pages out of the Oregon Duck recruiting manual.
The new Kansas head coach is Mark Mangino. Mangino was the recruiting coordinator for Kansas State during their rise to power, before joining Bob Stoops at OU as recruiting coordinator and then offensive coordinator.
Hawai’i under June Jones has been outstanding.
All three schools staffs are headed by talented people who are excellent talent evaluators.
USC, UCLA, ASU, Colorado and Nebraska are also in the hunt but haven’t tendered offers yet.
Martin is very open regarding his college choice at this time.
“The quality of education is very important,” Martin said. “The quality of the football program and the location of the school will also be important.”
“The team’s depth chart is another consideration,” Martin said. “I am keeping an open mind and will consider all offers.”
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