2016: Martin Off to Fast Start

2016: Martin Off to Fast Start

Chandler Park (Mich.) rising sophomore Jalen Martin already has an FBS scholarship offer and is hearing from a number of colleges.

Chandler Park Academy produced a Division-1 receiver last year when C'Sonte York's big, athletic frame drew interest from around the program before his eventual commitment to Michigan.

Now the school has yet another big target on the college radar, but this one is just a youngster. Jalen Martin is about to enter his sophomore season, but is a already 6'2, 190-pounds and already has a scholarship offer from Eastern Michigan.

"Well, it was a blessing," he said. "I'm honored because it's not likely for a lot of people my age to get offered. I just have to keep working and stay humble."

Initially, Martin was on the junior varsity last season, but after a few games, it was evident he belonged with the big boys and he quickly made the transition to that level of play.

"I think I did very well. It really gives me extra drive when I play against people older than me, because then I have something to prove. I wanted to show what I can do and what I'm made of. I caught a 40-yard touchdown the second game I moved up and everyone on the team was happy for me. They didn't hate or anything like that."

EMU will likely have plenty of competition for Martin. He says Nebraska, Bowling Green, Penn State, Toledo and Central Michigan are among the other interested parties. He also is hearing from Michigan State, where he camped earlier this summer.

"It went pretty well [at MSU]. They told me to keep working hard and the hard work is going to pay off, stay in the weight room, and stay working on things you need to work on. I worked with Andre Rison and he had some positive things to say to me, that was a confidence booster."

Still, he will always remember his first offer and he says Eastern Michigan made a good first impression.

"Coach English has a great personality. All the coaches are nice. Mike Hart is a very good coach, a very outgoing guy. The academics seem pretty good over there. They care about academics just as much about football."

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