June 30, 2008

Rebels interested in committed LB

Madison (Madison Central HS), Miss. three-star linebacker Will Martin committed to Southern Miss in early March and now faces some changes in his life.

First, there's a new school now at Madison Central, after moving from Kosciusko, and a couple of more offers are on the table.

In addition to a new high school, his recruitment is beginning to pick up. Stanford and Louisiana Tech have offered and Ole Miss and Auburn and beginning to show some interest.

"Ole Miss has started to show interest in the last few weeks," Martin said on Sunday evening. "I'd kind of figured for a long time that I've been on their board, but it's just been recently that it got to a point to where they're talking to me."

Martin, 6-foot-1, 201 pounds with 4.7 speed, said he's excited to see what happens with the Ole Miss situation and noted that Auburn also is showing some interest. He said all he's receiving from Mississippi State is some standard mailers sent to most Division I prospects in state.

Martin is being recruited by Rebel defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix and the prospect said that communication is going through his new head coach at Madison Central.

There has been enough communication where Martin has made one decision - he'll attend Ole Miss Elite Camp on July 26.

"I think they probably want to get me to camp where they can evaluate me before they decide whether to offer," Martin said. "Hopefully I'll have a good camp."

Should Ole Miss offer, it'll put Martin in a dilemma.

"I guess it would shake some things up a little bit," he said. "It's always been a dream of mine to play in the SEC, but I love the coaching staff at Southern Miss. If Ole Miss offers, I wouldn't just change. It would be a process where it would take me going up there, getting to know the coaching staff, and having a peace about it after praying about it."

"I'm excited about Ole Miss recruiting me, and feel comfortable with the commitment to Southern Miss, we'll just see what happens."

One battle the Rebels face, should they decide to try to lure Martin away from Southern Miss, is that with Martin's move, his recruiter has changed. Martin was originally recruited by Golden Eagle defensive coordinator Todd Bradford, but with his re-location, his new recruiter is CUSA recruiter of the year Tony Hughes, who was also a Rivals.com Top 25 recruiter for Ole Miss in 2006.

"I like Coach Bradford, but I've also met Coach Hughes," Martin said. "The thing that impressed me about Coach Hughes is that he's so family oriented."

Martin has learned a few things about family over the last year. He grew up in the Madison area and attended private schools there. However, he moved to Kosciusko where he played last year while his mother was working a contract job in the area.

"It's really great to have the family back together, to have everyone in the same house," Martin said.

Martin notched 96 tackles including 14 tackles for a loss, two interceptions and accounted for two defensive touchdowns last fall for Kosciusko. He also had 109 and 104 in his freshman and sophomore years, respectively, while play for an academy.

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