November 30, 2009

Rivals250 DT picks five for official visits

Since the start of Carlton Martin's high school season, the Rivals250 defensive tackle has said his recruitment will take precedence when Madison (Miss.) Central finishes its 2009 campaign.

That happened this past Friday.

The Jaguars entered the 6A North Half finals as the No. 1 team in the Magnolia State but ran into a buzz saw as perennial power South Panola rushed for 410 yards and ended Madison's season, 36-21.

"I'm just sick right now," Martin said. "We lost our composure and just couldn't get it back. It seemed every time we got something going there was a flag, and it rattled us. I don't know what else to say and don't really want to think about it."

Despite the difficult loss, Martin made his way to Starkville, Miss., Saturday for the annual rivalry game between Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Much like Madison Central, the Rebels couldn't find an answer for the underdog's running game. Mississippi State topped the 300-yard mark on the ground and gained possession of the Golden Egg with a 41-27 victory.

Martin, who has been in attendance at numerous Ole Miss games this season, was shocked by the outcome and overall pace of the game.

"It was extremely surprising for it to have happened like that," Martin said. "Mississippi State was just clearly the better team on that day and was able to win physically. I don't know if anybody expected that considering Ole Miss' defensive line. Those guys have been great all year.

"I know how it stings myself, but Ole Miss has a bowl game coming to get the taste out of their mouths."

The 6-foot-2, 268-pounder and his teammate, Bryon Bennett, are in line to receive a visit Monday from Ole Miss running backs coach Derrick Nix and defensive line coach Terry Price.

Martin has also decided on the locations of his five official visits. Likely starting in January, Martin is planning trips to Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Baylor, Texas Tech and Michigan State. However it isn't a certainty he'll stay uncommitted until all five are completed.

He said there's a 75 percent chance he'll choose a school before finishing up the official visits.

"If I really like my visit, then I'll narrow it down," Martin said.

Martin, a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, is rated as the No. 8 overall player in Mississippi and No. 24 defensive tackle nationally.

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