December 5, 2012
Spartans stop in to see Florida OL
One of the top offensive line recruits in the Sunshine State for the class of 2014 will be Corey Martinez of Tampa Catholic High School. Michigan State is very interested in the 6-foot-4, 290-pound prospect and SpartanMag.com has some details on his recruitment.
Head Coach Mark Dantonio and his staff have been busy hitting the road this week and Secondary Coach Harlon Barnett was in Florida yesterday stopping into the schools of several top 2014 targets. One of the schools he made a visit to was Tampa Catholic High School. The Crusaders are one of the perennial power teams in the area and they routinely have Division 1 recruits. For the class of 2014, Martinez tops the list of prospect from there that will he highly sought after.
Though it is still early in the process, Martinez already has multiple scholarship offers on the table. We spoke with him about the schools showing him a significant amount of interest at this point in time.
"Right now I am hearing from schools from all over the country," Martinez stated. "I get tons of letters on a daily basis from all of the schools. I currently hold 5 scholarship offers, Florida State, Miami, Vanderbilt, South Florida and Kentucky."
With 5 BCS scholarships already on the table Martinez will likely be one of the most highly rated prospects in Florida for the class of 2014. He has an outstanding chance of being a 4-star Rivals.com top 250 prospect.
At this point in time Martinez is enjoying the early stages of the recruiting process and he does not have anything lined up as far as camps/combines or junior days. He did tell us about his contact with Michigan State University.
"I have not planned anything out right now as far as visiting schools, but I will be doing that soon," he said. "I have been in contact with Coach Barnett from Michigan State twice."
The Spartans will hope to get Martinez on campus this spring or summer. When players come from Florida to visit Michigan State the staff prefers them to spend a few days in East Lansing in order to get a feel for the program as well as develop rapport with the coaches.
The recent flurry of coaching defections and firings certainly is something that class of 2014 prospects are paying attention to. Being able to count on a head coach being at a school for 4 or 5 years is becoming a riskier proposition every year. For that reason, many recruits are focusing on the institutions themselves. Though he is still in the early stages of his recruitment, Martinez has a good idea of what he will be looking for in a school and a program.
"I am going to look at the academics and the athletics, Martinez said. "I want the school I choose to have strong academics and have a solid football program."
SpartanMag.com will continue to follow the recruitment of Martinez in the coming weeks. We fully expect his offer list to expand dramatically between now and the spring. Michigan State will have several more scholarships to offer the class of 2014 than the class of 2013. Offensive line recruiting will be a top priority considering the Spartans will have only signed 1 or 2 lineman in this year's class.
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