When Jimmy Martin visited Duke University last month as part of his summer tour of colleges, he was told he would likely receive a scholarship offer before the end of the summer.
On Thursday, Blue Devils linebackers coach Jimmy Collins came through on the promise, offering the 2015 Maitland Orangewood Christian linebacker a scholarship over the phone.
Martin, who was in between camp sessions at the Jimbo Fisher Football Camp at Florida State when he talked to Collins, now has five FBS offers, with the others coming from FIU, Cincinnati, South Alabama and Western Michigan. The Jaguars also offered this week.
"Starting to pack them in," Martin said of the offers. "It's a blessing to get all these offers, especially being a rising junior. I still got two more years and people don't usually get most of their offers until senior year."
At FSU, Martin was pleased with his day, during which he worked out as both a linebacker and a fullback in the two camp sessions.
"It went pretty well," Martin said. "I ran the 40 [-yard dash] in 4.68 [seconds] and I thought I did pretty good in all the drills."
Players ran the 40 after the morning session of drills, which cut down the times a little bit with players already having worked out in the summer heat for two hours.
"All of the coaches wanted to see how the players would run after a few hours of working out ... kind of like a game-time experience," Martin said. "I really liked it. I thought it was a good camp and I really like the coaches. I could definitely see myself going here."
Fullback might be a spot that gives Martin an inside track on an FSU scholarship offer. The Seminoles will lose senior Chad Abram after this season, so they will be looking to shore up depth at the position.
"Yeah, they're going to need a fullback," Martin said. "I talked to Coach Graham (running backs coach Jay Graham) and he really liked me. He said he thought I had good footwork and everything, so we'll see what happens."
His choice would be to play linebacker in college, but ...
"If I get a scholarship to play fullback, fine with me," he said.
Martin is currently ranked by 247sports.com as the No. 55 player in the state of Florida for the class of 2015.
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