Martin a Punishing Safety

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George Washington-Danville safety Cameron Martin displays a laid-back demeanor off the field, however is anything but laid-back once he steps onto the gridiron. The 6-2, 180 pound blue-chipper’s hard hitting ability has caught the eyes of many Division I-A programs.

“I defer to what the colleges tell me, and they like the way he plays the run from the safety position,” GW-Danville Head Coach Dan Newell said in an interview earlier this year. “Cameron 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.”

Martin believes playing quarterback on offense helps his ability on defense, enabling him to use his attacking style.

“I would say I’m aggressive,” said Martin, who tallied 72 total tackles including 42 solo efforts, had five interceptions and seven pass break-ups last season as a junior. He earned first-team all-region honors. “Playing quarterback gives me an advantage I think because I know what the quarterback is thinking or reading. It helps my pass coverage.”

Martin runs around a 4.55 in the 40 yard dash, a time he is seeking to lower this off-season. He is also hoping to bulk up to close to 200 pounds by the beginning of his senior season.

“I’m working on increasing my speed and strength,” Martin said. “We’ve started football conditioning and I’ve been lifting weights. My brother goes down to Lynchburg sometimes to work with trainers, so I might do that this summer too. My brother plays for Norfolk State.”

To date, Martin has received eight official scholarship offers with two more possibly on the way in the near future.

“I have eight offers right now – UVa, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Maryland, Boston College, and West Virginia,” Martin said. “I haven’t received Tennessee’s official package, but they said they were going to offer. Nebraska’s supposed to be coming in by the end of the month also.”

Although he says no Head Coaches have come in to visit yet, he expects at least one to make their way today when Virginia Tech Head Coach Frank Beamer pays a visit to the school. He is also expecting a return visit from UVa as well.

“Coach [Kevin] Rogers and Coach Beamer are supposed to be coming in [today],” Martin said. “Coach [Billy] Hite was in a few weeks ago.

“Virginia’s supposed to be coming in again also. Coach [Anthony]