July 7, 2009

Illinois back has CSU roots

Bollingbrook (Ill.) running back and Colorado State football target Jamel Martin said he hasn't been in real constant contact with the Colorado State coaching staff, but he has had a coach talking to him about the Rams. Martin is coached by former Ram fullback John Ivlow.

The 6-foot, 195-pound back said the Rams are one of six schools who have offered a scholarship - Bowling Green, Ball State, Akron, Miami (Ohio) and Indiana are the others. Martin said his discussions with Coach Ivlow and his recruiting coach, CSU offensive line coach Pat Meyer, are enough to get him to to consider a visit to Fort Collins.

"I'm coming out to see of course, because they just sent a running back to the NFL (Gartrell Johnson)," Martin said. "My coach also went there too. He was a fullback there and said it was a good school. I don't talk to them much, but my coach was telling me what the coaches said. He told me I had better accept their offer before the kid from Florida does."

In addition to hearing from the Colorado State coaching staff, Martin said he is receiving calls from Indiana assistant Kyle Conner, Minnesota's Kevin Cosgrove and coaches from Akron and Miami.

For now, Martin's plan is to take all of his visits to the schools that have offered him scholarships and making a decision based on whatever school feels right. Martin said his mother would prefer him to stay close to home, but said if a school feels like a great fit, he is willing to move. He added he will likely major in either accounting, business or entrepreneurship.

In the meantime, he is lifting weights, going to team camps and trying to get his weight up to around 205 pounds by next fall. He added that will add to his running style, which he compares to former Oklahoma running back and current Viking Adrian Peterson.

"I would probably compare to Adrian Peterson, not in the crazy way he does, but I am six feet, I have nice size, I am pretty fast and I am quick, just kind of like Adrian Peterson," he said.

Martin runs a 4.42 in the 40-yard dash and has a 36-inch vertical leap. He also claims a bench press of 300 pounds and a 500-pound squat. Last season Martin patrolled the Bollingbrook backfield to the tune of 800 yards rushing and another 13 receptions with 11 touchdowns total. His contribution helped to push Bollingbrook to an undefeated record and appearance in the second round of the playoffs.

"I think we have a state team this year. Last year we had a state team, but I don't know what happened. This year we are move focused and we have the drive we need," Martin said.

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