February 21, 2008

Kosciusko, Miss. LB receiving interest

After turning in three solid seasons that includes 309 career tackles, Kosciusko, Miss. linebacker Will Martin is receiving interest from several colleges.

The list of schools showing interest includes Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Auburn, Alabama, and Purdue.

"I'd say that I'm getting the most interest from Mississippi State, Auburn and Purdue," Martin said Wednesday evening. "I'm starting to hear from Alabama too."

Martin, 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, plays middle linebacker for Kosciusko and had 96 tackles in his junior season last fall and also had an impressive 14 tackles for loss, two interceptions and accounted for two defensive touchdowns.

His standout season resulted in him being named first team all-region and also an invitation to the U.S. Army All-American combine last month.

He's also received invitations to attend the Nike Elite Football Camp later this year in Tuscaloosa and a National 7-on-7 passing camp in Tampa.

While his 96 tackles were impressive last season, he actually topped those numbers in both his freshman and sophomore seasons, when he had 109 tackles as a freshman and 104 as a sophomore.

Martin is yet to receive his first offer and says he's wide open when it comes to a favorite school.

"I just want a chance to play somewhere," Martin said. "My parents are Mississippi State graduates and have been season ticket holders there forever, and I grew up pulling for them, but that won't be the deciding factor."

Martin has attended numerous games at State and made it point to visit some other venues last fall.

"I went up for the LSU and Missouri games at Ole Miss last fall," he said. "It is really nice, very nice - they have some outstanding facilities - and I would love to play there."

Martin also tripped to Auburn on an unofficial visit and has a close friend on the Tiger squad.

"Chaz Ramsey grew up just down the street," Martin said. "We're close friends, growing up together."

While Martin has connections to Mississippi State and was impressed with Ole Miss, he said there was something special about Auburn.

"It's just a top program," he said. "You can tell that when you first get there, the way they handle recruits and just the way things are done."

Martin plans on attending junior day at State on Mar. 1 and then will visit Auburn on Mar. 8.

Pending on Ole Miss' plans for junior day, he could also visit Oxford.

In addition to attending the Nike Camp and the passing camp in Tampa, Martin will be making the rounds this summer to various camps.

"I'll definitely attend camp at State, Ole Miss, and maybe Southern Miss," he said. "If I don't have an offer from one of the schools on my list by summer, I may also camp at Louisiana Tech."

Between now and then, Martin will be working to improve in a couple of areas.

"I"ve been working to put on some weight - I know I need to get bigger," he said. "I also need to improve my 40 time.

He currently is listed as running a 4.7 40-yard dash.

Martin said he's looking forward to his senior season, but says it'll be re-building year.

"We lost a lot of talented guys," he said. "We had like 11 guys who signed to play college football from last season. One went to Mississippi State, two to Southern Miss, and like six or seven signed with Holmes C.C."

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