July 3, 2013

Martinez eyes visit to MSU

One of the top junior college lineman in Souther California for the class of 2014 is Raul Martinez of Pasadena City College. Martinez already has several scholarship offers on the table. SpartanMag.com was able to catch up with him and get the details on his recruitment.

With the expected graduation of 3 senior offensive line starters after the 2013 season, Michigan State is looking to the junior college rankings to provide an immediate infusion of talent. Martinez is one of the players that has had contact with Michigan State and he is very interested in learning more.

We asked Martinez about the current state of his recruitment and his measurables.

"Things are going well," Martinez stated. "I have offers from Cincinnati, Utah State and Western Kentucky. Michigan State recently started talking with me as well."

Have the Spartans talked about a possible scholarship offer?

"At this point they are still evaluating me and have not offered a scholarship, but I am going to take a visit to Michigan State during our bye week this fall," Martinez said.

One of the reasons why Martinez is getting interest from the Spartans is that he has the ability to play any position on the line. That type of versatility is why numerous BCS teams have been in contact. Brad Hoiseth of JCGridiron.com had the following to say about Martinez in his breakdown of top junior college offensive tackle prospects for the class of 2014.

"He (Martinez) has Cincinnati, Kansas, USC, Utah, Washington State and South Florida taking a peek during the spring, and for good reason. Martinez can play any position on the line, as his film shows him as a center and guard. However, we think he could also play tackle as he has quick feet and good technique with his hands."

If the Spartans do extend a scholarship to Martinez they could have an excellent chance of adding him to the class of 2014. Martinez, like most junior college prospects, is looking for a situation that will allow him an opportunity to challenge for a starting position right away. He also talked about some other factors that are important to him.

"The biggest thing is I just want to make sure that where I go it is the right place for me."

One of the biggest aspects of whether Martinez could earn a scholarship from Michigan State is if he can enroll mod-year and be eligible for spring practice. Martinez is a 3-year to play 2 prospect so he has that going in his favor. If he can graduate by December his stock could increase significantly. Martinez was an All-Conference selection coming out of Burroughs High School in 2011.

To see film of Martinez in action from last fall, click the link below:

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