Every year in college football recruiting, there are numerous close calls, occurring when a recruit committed to one school has a brief flirtation with another. Usually, these close calls end at that - a brief flirtation - but sometimes, the recruit decides to switch his commitment.
Even when the flirtation doesn't materialize, it still opens the door for a team to learn about more players. Last year, Round Rock (TX) ATH Glasco Martin was committed to Baylor, but towards signing day, entertained the idea of visiting Columbia to learn more about the Tigers. His trip never materialized and he eventually signed with the Bears.
It appears his flirtation with the Tigers could be a good thing for Missouri in the long run. That's how Missouri learned about his younger brother, S Desmond Martin, a big-hitter for Stony Point High School. On Thursday, the Tigers extended an offer to the younger Martin.
"I'm receiving interest from Rice, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Wyoming, and Arkansas," Martin told PowerMizzou.com. "Missouri was my first offer. I found out about that when I got home from school today."
At 6-foot-1, Martin has prototypical height for a safety. And, while he's a bit undersized at only 170-lbs right now, he definitely has the right mentality for a safety.
"You come across the middle, I will lay you out," Martin said succinctly.
To give more backing to his claim, here's a scouting report about Martin from Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every after he watched a Stony Point game last fall:
"In the second quarter, he just laid out an Alamo Heights receiver. As for ball skills, who knows - he kept going for kill shots."
Martin acknowledged that he needs to work on his ball skills. He said that this offseason, he's been improving his closing ability on balls in the air so he can increase his interception total. Last year, he said he had around 70 tackles, 15 pass deflections and a fumble recovery, but no picks.
At this point, Martin said he doesn't have a list of favorites, but Missouri is his leader for now. He said he plans on visiting Columbia this summer for an unofficial visit.