His name is Carlton Martin and he stands 6’1″, 210 lbs. at defensive tackle in the class of ’10 from Madison, Mississippi.
Now, as The Fresh Prince’s Carlton once sang, “It’s not unusual” that the #24 rated DT by Scout.com is getting pursued by big time SEC schools like Ole Miss and Alabama, as well as UCLA.
What is unusual is to find Syracuse in the mix.
Syracuse has offered a scholarship to Martin and spoke with him as recently as two weeks ago regarding their intentions.
Here’s the book on Martin:
“He really uses his hands well. He can stand up blockers, shed them and then make the tackle with ease. He has added some good weight from a season ago, so a move inside on the next level is certainly doable. Once in pursuit Martin has adequate speed to run down ball carriers and force QBs into an errant throw before the play develops.”
Martin projects a tad too small to play DT in college and may have to make the switch to DE as he ascends the football ranks.
It’s not unusual (ahem) for tweeners on the defensive line do that.
Just look at former Nittany Lion wrecking ball Tamba Hali of the Chiefs who began as a defensive lineman for KC, but moved to linebacker as the team switched to a 3-4 to better utilize his speed.
Scout lists Martin as a four-star prospect, so Martin would be a huge pluck for SU in re-establishing itself on the recruiting trail in the South
Other than a handful of players from Virginia, the Orange roster boasts a whopping one player from the southern states.
Looks like the work has just begun.