Mike St. Martin said his son's heavy recruitment started after his sophomore year.
"When everything came together Maryland was definitely the one where he was most comfortable," the coach said. "He could have gone to other schools where maybe he would have seen the field right away. He knows he's always going to be competing for his job at Maryland and he likes that challenge."
Committing to Maryland will bring increased attention to the 6-foot, 160-pound Brett St. Martin this fall. He welcomes that challenge as Mount St. Joseph opens its season Sept. 1 against Archbishop Spalding.
"I have a chip on my shoulder that I have to prove myself in every game, since I'm going to Maryland," St. Martin said. "Other teams will judge me."
His father agrees, and he thinks it's a good thing.
"He'll definitely be in the spotlight," Mike St. Martin said. "He put a target on himself, but it's a good target to have. It's something he's worked hard for, and he's still getting better and better."
At Mount St. Joseph this will be Brett St. Martin's third year as a full-time starter. He earned Baltimore Sun All-Metro honors last season.
He helped the Gaels pitch 10 shutouts as they went 15-3-3 and reached the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference semifinals.
“My favorite thing about Brett is how composed he is,” Mount St. Joseph assistant soccer coach GeatonCaltabiano said. “He’s always so under control. He’s so calm. He’s never panicking. He’s never nervous in any situation. I’ve never seen a center back at his age as comfortable with the ball at his feet and under pressure as he is.”
St. Martin was also a significant offensive contributor for the Gaels last year. He finished with five goals and four assists. He had game winners in three contests, including a 2-1 overtime victory over McDonogh in early October.
"A lot of the goals that he did score were big-time goals," Mike St. Martin said. "I think that put him on the map more."
Added Caltabiano: “He can play anywhere on the field because of his athleticism. You can put him at forward or center midfield.”
Brett St. Martin will serve as a team co-captain this fall.