Former Hylton (Woodbridge, VA) standout tight end Eric Martin will arrive at Virginia Tech later this month, just under a year after signing a letter of intent with the Hokies. Martin signed a letter of intent last February and grey-shirted, so the long road to Blacksburg is almost complete.
“I leave for Tech on the 17th [of January],” said Martin, who knows he’ll be joined by fellow northern Virginia standout and 2008 Tech signee Ben Barber. Barber, a wide receiver/defensive back, also grey-shirted.
Martin certainly kept busy this past fall, taking a math class at Northern Virginia Community College while also serving as an assistant on Hylton’s junior varsity squad. Keeping in shape, he has been lifting weights, running and playing basketball in preparation for his arrival at Tech.
Of course, he also followed his future program’s progress this season, which included an ACC title and an Orange Bowl victory.
“I’m really excited and happy for them,” Martin said of Tech’s accomplishments this season. He has kept in touch with several current freshman including Jake Johnson and Isaiah Hamlette. “I’m upset that I couldn’t be a part of it, but I’m looking to help them repeat next season.
“I’m really excited to get there. I’m a little nervous about it, but I’m more excited so that balances it out. I also haven’t put on a helmet in a long time, so I’m looking forward to just getting out there.”
Martin has added about 10 pounds this offseason and now weighs 250 pounds. The 6-3 prospect did what he could in terms of weight room success, but he looks forward to working with Coach Gentry.
“I feel pretty good,” Martin said. “I can’t wait to get down there and in their full weightlifting program. They said they will get me to where they want me to be for my playing weight. I’m guessing they might want me a little lighter, but I don’t know for sure.”
Martin will play tight end, the position he played for Lou Sorrentino at Hylton, and looks forward to showing off his abilities.
“I’m excited to see how they use me,” Martin said. “I think my receiving skills will surprise some people. I feel like I’ll fit in real well. I did a lot of blocking in high school and I think I’m a good receiver. When I committed, Coach Beamer...
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