Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus, New Jersey produces Division-I talent on a yearly basis and this upcoming season is no exception.
Class of 2022 three-star running back Sam Martin Jr. has close to 20 D-I offers and has made the decision to cut that list in half by narrowing his list down to just seven teams. Martin (5-foot-11, 180 pounds) announced on Monday that he will be focusing on the following schools: Pitt, West Virginia, Syracuse, Rutgers, Purdue, California and UMass.
Martin is a true all-purpose back because of his ability to be an every down player along with high skill level of catching the ball out of the backfield. In 2019, Martin was used as both a running back along with being split out as a wide receiver. That season for Curtis High School in New York, Martin rushed for 630 yards and 17 rushing touchdowns as well as collecting 331 yards receiving and 4 touchdown receptions.
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Following his sophomore season, Martin transferred from Curtis High School to Paramus Catholic High School.
Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Martin on Monday evening to find out about why Pitt made his initial cut and this overall thoughts on the program.
“Pitt has been successful recruiting and developing student-athletes form my area on and off the field,” Martin told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “The coaches’ word has to be a bit strong with a program like that because they constantly recruit my area. I love the tenacity of the program, their future non-conference games and their offensive scheme. They are a school I am serious about and will take the steps to learn a lot more about things outside of the football program.
“Coach Tim Salem is the person that offered me. He’s a great guy and I will start communicating with them a lot more now that they know they’re a choice for me. I’m pretty sure they plan on using me in different ways to help them because that’s my skill set.”
As far as his other finalists, Syracuse was the first school to offer him and have been recruiting him since his freshman season, the same can be said for Rutgers. Martin likes the offensive systems at both West Virginia and Purdue and believes that California is just an all-around great option because of the education.
Now that he’s down to seven, what’s next for Martin?
“The dead period has obviously forced me to adjust my plan but the most important thing is to stay fluid,” said Martin. “My family and I will visit each school on our own and spend time in the area to get a feel for everything. When I know for sure I want to be a part of a program and they can develop me in all aspects of life, then I will make a decision. Football is a big piece but it is only a piece. I am on schedule to enroll early so I want to make sure I am aligned with my future program. Whenever the time is right, I will make a decision.”