Hylton (Woodbridge, VA) didn’t have its typical successful varsity football season, finishing with a 3-7 overall record in 2007. Virginia Tech commitment Eric Martin , a 6-3, 230-pound tight end senior, helped to lead the Bulldogs through a tough season and ended up turning in a solid individual season.
“I started off slow the first part of the season, but I finished the season with 22 catches for 405 yards and five touchdowns,” Martin said. “Later in the season, the coaches actually moved me out to wide receiver for a few games. I usually just lined up there to be a decoy, but not this year.”
Could wide receiver be in Martin’s future?
“I just talked to Coach Foster this week. He said I’m definitely going to play tight end (laughs),” Martin said.
Although he says he will likely red-shirt his freshman year, Martin is putting in hard work this offseason to prepare for his first year at Virginia Tech. He knows of a few things he would like to improve.
“I probably need to work on being a more punishing blocker,” Martin said. “I need to work on finishing my blocks. I’m also running track now because I want to get my speed up. I’m throwing shot-put in meets, but I’ve actually been running a lot in practice. It has helped with my stamina. I’m also catching about 100 balls a day to work on my hands.”
According to Martin, who impressed the Tech coaches at VT’s camp in June, Coach Foster “said I reminded them of Jeff King. He has said a few times that he is real excited about my future.”
The Hylton star also believes he will do well in Tech’s system.
“I have looked at Virginia Tech’s offense a little bit,” Martin said. “They use the tight end a lot more with Wheeler and those guys. I think I’ll fit into the system just fine.”
Martin had a taste of what playing for Virginia Tech will be like when he attended the home games versus East Carolina and Miami. He plans to return to Blacksburg on the weekend of January 18th for an official visit.
“The atmosphere is crazy. The fans are awesome,” Martin said.
Obviously an intense personality on the field, Coach Foster is a little different as a...
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