By Naji Tobias
BELLE GLADE – Rodrick Martin has his priorities straight.
After receiving his first offer yesterday (June 14) from FAMU, the Glades Central 2017 linebacker took the time to reflect on the significance of this breakthrough moment.
“It feels great,” the Raiders defensive leader and captain said. “It only forces me to push even harder on my craft and to be there for my teammates.”
Martin, who has also received interest from the likes of FAU, Army (West Point), Albany, and Duquesne, finished his junior season with a team-high 128 tackles and 8 sacks. He was also selected as Glades Central’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Martin’s on-field success also translates to the classroom, as evidenced by his 3.57 GPA & ACT score of 20. He would like to major in either civil engineering or mechanical engineering on the college level next year.
“Speaking of me, importance of keeping my grades up is imperative,” the 5’10”, 205-pound linebacker said. “It’s already hard enough getting recruited, so when my one chance comes through the door, I have to be in the position to be sent, sealed and delivered. All my life, I’ve put my grades first, so if football doesn’t work out for me, then at least I’ll have a degree.”
With his education in tow, Martin said his only weakness is the one thing he can’t control, and that’s his size. Anyone who plays against Martin and teams up with him knows his heart is truly on display when it comes to the game of football.
You can click on the below icon to see Martin’s Hudl tape for live proof.
Martin is all about his team, which reached the Class 4A regional final for the second consecutive season but lost to eventual state champion Booker T. Washington. He wants to do whatever it takes to help Glades Central reach its first state title game since 2010, which was six years ago.
“I don’t have any individual goals,” said Martin, who recorded 2 interceptions on Day 1 of Glades Central’s appearance in the AIRO 7-on-7 Tournament this past weekend (June 10-11 in Orlando.) “I just strive to put my team in the best position in every game. I want to coach my fellow teammates up so that we continue to grow every game. I’ll let the Lord do the rest.”
We will closely follow Martin’s recruiting process, as well as his on and off-field progress from now until National Signing Day on Feb. 1, 2017.