Tampa Catholic offensive tackle Corey Martinez ended the suspense in his recruitment by announcing Wednesday that he was committing to Florida State.
Martinez revealed his choice of the Seminoles at the Opening, a camp held at the Nike campus in Beaverton, Ore., that brings together the best performers from the Nike training camps held this spring.
His decision was broadcast on ESPNU, much like East Lake receiver Artavis Scott’s choice of Clemson was the previous night.
Martinez has put an early end – assuming he sticks with his commitment – to a recruiting process that always seemed destined to end at a school in one of the power conferences.
Last month, Martinez narrowed down more than 30 scholarship offers to a final six of Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. He then reportedly told the coaching staffs of each school about his decision last week.
But it was clear Florida State was always the school to beat. After receiving an offer from the Seminoles in June 2012, Martinez called it “a dream come true.”
A consensus three-star recruit, the 6-foot-4, 297-pound Martinez projects as an interior offensive lineman in college. He’s been one of the anchors of the Crusaders’ offense for the past three years and ranks as one of the bay area’s top five linemen, in an exceptionally deep class at that position.
Martinez is also part of Tampa Catholic’s highly touted 2014 class that includes running back-defensive back T.J. Harrell and linebacker/tight end Tre Watson, who both remain uncommitted.
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