Former Hylton Standout Keeping Busy

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Expecting to arrive in Blacksburg on July 1st, former Hylton (Woodbridge, VA) star tight end Eric Martin admits he was “pretty upset” to learn that he would have to wait until January of 2009 to enroll at Virginia Tech. The 6-3, 240-pound prospect has gotten over the initial disappointment and has been creative in the way he is using his time.

Martin scored the necessary level on the SAT, but received the test one day too late to gain admission to Virginia Tech on time.

“Right now, I’m actually coaching up at Hylton. I’ve been coaching and sticking to the workout plan the Virginia Tech coaches gave me,” said Martin, who will also take one math class at Northern Virginia Community College beginning next week.

One day this summer, Martin, who would like to get into coaching once his playing career is over, was working out when he was asked if he would be interested in being the Hylton junior varsity squad’s offensive coordinator. He accepted and the experience has been fun, but it is also something Martin feels will be beneficial.

“It is very new,” Martin said of coaching. “It’s good, though. It has given me a new perspective on the game. I can see the whole game now and I can see every position. It is making me better.”

Recruited as a tight end, Martin has not heard of the possibility of playing any other positions for Tech. He evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of his own game.

“At the next level, I think I’ll be a better receiver early on,” Martin said. “I need to get stronger and get my technique down on the blocking.”

Quite simply, the Commonwealth standout is ready to get to Virginia Tech.

“I’m ready to start the next chapter of my life. I’m ready to start playing football again,” said Martin, who hopes to check out his future team in person on September 6th, for Tech’s home-opener against Furman.

In the meantime, Martin will coach and he will continue to work out using the program given to him by the Tech coaches. He has seen a significant impact as a result of using the program and looks forward to more results in the future.

“It is doing real good for me,” Martin said of the Tech workout program. “I stay on it every day. They sent me the book, which is pretty much the same overall thing the

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