Bulls get pledge from 'ridiculously mobile' tackle
For the second time in 10 days, USF has turned to the junior college ranks to help their offensive line, as the Bulls picked up a commitment Wednesday from Lawrence Martin, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound tackle who played for Merced College in California in 2010.
"I really liked the coaching staff, liked (assistant) Coach (Steve) Shankweiler) and felt like Coach (Skip) Holtz was upfront with me," said Martin, who said he also considered Ole Miss, Arkansas State and Florida International before choosing the Bulls.
Martin, who went to high school at Daytona Beach Seabreeze, played at Georgia Military College in 2009, then at Merced in 2010, playing left tackle both seasons. He signed with Arkansas State in February but did not qualify due to a problem with an English class, and after finishing that class online this fall, he intended to enroll at Arkansas State this spring, that is until coach Hugh Freeze left to become head coach at Mississippi.
Merced coach Bob Casey said USF made Martin a priority once he re-opened his recruitment. He'll join the Bulls in January, and Casey said Martin's strength is his athleticism -- "ridiculously mobile for his size," said Casey, who had him at 290 pounds in 2010.
How athletic is Martin? He said he played his share of point guard at Seabreeze at 280 pounds -- if this page is right, he once had a triple-double against Orlando Dr. Phillips, with 12 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds.
Martin is the second junior college offensive lineman to commit to the Bulls in the last two weeks -- Pearl River (Miss.) guard Chandlor Mathews will also be starting classes at USF next month.