Martin taking his time

Martin taking his time

South Florida is always rich in quantity and quality when it comes to college football prospects. The skill positions are always full with speed, quickness, and players with heart. You can count Tavares Martin in the new crop of elite athletes down south. The former John I. Leonard star has moved on to Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Dwyer high school and is already turning heads.

Tavares Martin already holds offers from the likes of Florida, Florida State, Miami, FAU, Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan State, Virginia, North Carolina, and Nebraska. The 6-foot-1, 170 pound receiver had over 1,000 yards receiving in his sophomore and junior years at John I Leonard, he expects much the same at Dwyer. Kick returns or catching the ball, he doesn't care. Martin just wants to get on the field and work.

"I am a play maker, just an all-around player," Martin said. "Whatever my coach wants me to do I just go out there and do it."

Martin is fast, but he isn't the fastest in the 2015 class. He ran track as a freshman in high school and gave it up shortly after. When the ball is in his hands, speed doesn't matter. He gets the ball down the field.

"I am not worried about the 40," he said. "I am fast enough and just go out and play the game.

At 170 pounds he is one of the more physical players you will see. He uses his height and his aggressiveness to leverage the ball when thrown to him. Two of the more physical players in the game are the players he looks up to the most.

"Anquan Bolden and Brandon Marshall… I like the way they play," he said. "They are physical, but kind of laid back guys and don't really showboat. I like Bolden because he gives back to Pahokee. I like Brandon Marshall because of the way he plays the game. I am physical when I have to be.

With all the offers, Martin has been a busy man. But three schools are getting to know him more than the others.

"I talk to most of them about the same, but I talk to Miami, West Virginia, and Michigan State the most," he said before mentioning a little about each.

Miami: "They are in my back yard and not far from where I live. I like the tradition at the ‘U'."

West Virginia: "I am good with Coach Seider, he is from Belle Glade. We have a close relationship between families. We are kind of tight like that."

Michigan State: "We talk about high school and just maturing as a player and as a person off and off the field. I joke around with Coach Samuel a lot."

Florida has also offered and the Gators are recruiting the play maker at receiver. Receiver coach Joker Phillips recruits the area and likes what he sees out of Martin.

"The Gators say they like my play making ability and skill," he said. "They know I have to get bigger as a player to compete. They just like the way I have heart and the way I play the game. They like how I perform at my best ability."

Martin appears ready to qualify holding a 3.0 GPA and awaiting a test score. In the meantime, he is getting feedback on how it is on some of the college campuses he is thinking about going to.

"I talk to Johnnie Dixon," Martin said of the former Dwyer and current Ohio State Buckeye. "He says he likes it, but it is a grind. It is entirely different from high school, but he likes it."

Martin says he will not rush into any college decision.

"I am just going day by day," he said. "I don't want to make a decision and regret it for the rest of my life. I am talking to a lot of former players that have gone on to college and get their take on it."

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