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May 10, 2004

Area's Top Programs Chase Virginia Safety

One of the hottest defensive back prospects in the Mid-Atlantic region appears to be Cameron Martin. The native of Danville, Va., already has eight scholarship offers from some of the top colleges in the area.

West Virginia is one of those schools that have already stepped forward with an offer for the 6-foot-2, 180-pound safety. Joining the Mountaineers in offering Martin are Boston College, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. In addition, he is receiving interest from Clemson and Nebraska, among others.

Martin has already taken visits to the spring games at Virginia Tech, which was his boyhood favorite, N.C. State and Virginia.

"All three trips were good experiences," Martin said. "I know that every school is going to have something different to offer. I haven't been to West Virginia yet, so I don't know a whole lot about them. But I am looking forward to going up there."

Martin is anticipating attending some summer football camps, but at this point he is unsure where he'll be tripping.

"My coach and I are going to sit down soon and plan out where and when we're going to go to some one-day camps this summer," he said. "But right now I couldn't tell you where I am going."

When asked if he would elect to commit prior to his senior football season, Martin said: "I plan on taking some official visits during the fall and winter. But I'm not going to rule out the possibility of committing before the football season if I already know where I want to go."

Martin, who wants to major in communication or business management, is looking for a program where he can hopefully earn some early playing time.

"I'm looking for a good education and someplace where I know that I can go in and make an impact early," said Martin, who owns a 4.0 GPA and scored a 990 on the SAT.

Martin certainly made an impact at George Washington High School this past season. He played quarterback on offense, but it's as a defensive safety where he really shined. He registered 72 tackles, five interceptions and three fumble recoveries. For his efforts, Martin was named first-team all-conference and was the conference co-Player-of-the-Year.

"I think I am an aggressive player," said Martin, who runs a 4.55 in the 40-yard dash. "I also play quarterback, and I think that gives me an advantage because I know what the other team's quarterback is looking at and it gives me an extra step on the ball because I'm able to read things quickly."

While individual accomplishments flooded Martin, his young team struggled in 2003.

"We had a real young team and we went 5-5," he said. "But four of the five games we lost, we lost in the fourth quarter by less than a touchdown, so they were some tough losses to take."


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