In what promises to be a rich year in terms of in-state talent next season, at least 13 prospects have received at least one scholarship offer this early in the recruiting process. One of those 13 players is George Washington (Danville, VA) star Cameron Martin .
Martin, a 6-2 ½, 178 pound safety, has drawn written scholarships from Virginia Tech and Virginia. Schools interested include UNC, Boston College, Maryland, West Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Penn State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, NC State, and Clemson.
Martin’s plan as of right now is to wait and take at least a few official visits before making his decision.
“I’ll be waiting,” Martin said when asked if he would decide early or wait until his senior year to make a decision. “Virginia Tech and Virginia are the two schools I know most about, but I would say I’m pretty open now. I do want to take my time and see all of my options.”
As a junior, Martin tallied 72 tackles (42 solo), five interceptions, and seven pass break-ups. He earned first-team all-district and all-region, including Western Valley district Player of the Year honors for his performance.
“I defer to what the colleges tell me, and they like the way he plays the run from the safety position,” GW Head Coach Dan Newell said. “Cam really fills the alleys. It’s one thing to get there, but he gets there and he’s a fearless tackler. One coach described him as ‘ferocious.’ He’s not the biggest guy yet, but he plays with great leverage. Cam has deceptive closing speed. He gets his hand on a lot of passes.”
Martin runs the 40 in around 4.5 or 4.55 seconds, a time Newell feels will improve with time. He is certainly fast enough right now.
“Cam’s not lightning fast, but in a straight line, he’ll run you down,” Newell said. “There was one play last year where a player had broken through our line and was taking off for the end zone. Cam comes running into the picture, catches him on the one yard line and actually makes him fumble. We recovered. I would say he runs in the 4.5s. A lot of that has to do with leg strength though, so I think he’ll be able to get faster once he gets to college.”
A team leader, Martin was the only junior voted captain last season. Coach Newell provides him with key responsibilities from the safety position.
“He’s very smart,” Newell said of Martin. “It is his responsibility on defense to read all the keys and...
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