San Antonio, Texas--Wednesday featured a double session at the Alamodome. During the morning…
Martin Rises to Occasion
Ben Martin, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound defensive end from LaSalle High in Cincinnati, Ohio has come on like a wildfire for the East squad. "He struggled the first day of practice because he lacked confidence in himself, but now he has begun to show the burst and explosion that made him the No. 1 ranked player in Ohio," Scout.com Midwest recruiting analyst Bob Lichtenfels informed of his talents. "Today in practice he was virtually unblockable coming off of the edge." Martin echoed the Scout's opinion. "For me it was just a mental thing," Martin said. "I was just doubting myself and doubting my ability a little bit, but when I went out there I was just like forget it I am just going to go out here play my game and do what I do best. That is why I am here." Martin has enjoyed working with a new set of coaches, and has been picking up some new tricks of the trade. "Our head coach is a great coach and he has taught me a lot already," Martin informed. "He has taught me a lot of different things that will help me out on the next level." "My position coach (Robert Prunty, Hargrave Military Academy) is just a great guy and he is just ready to turn us loose and let us play. I think we have benefited form them a lot as you can see out there on the field." The talent level in a game like this will definitely force you to hone your skills. These players must work extremely hard to enjoy success similar to what they had on the high school grid iron. The East has generally started off practice with one-on-one competitions to get their motors going. "There are 10 great players over there in the one-on-ones just showing what kind of heart they got," Martin informed. "That carries over to the team thing. If you can own these guys in the one-on-one then you are gong to own them in team." "This game definitely helps prepare me confidence wise. Just like college will because. The first day here was like our first day reporting to college. The first day everyone came out sluggish, and everyone was not real confident. Now everyone is confident and everyone is ready. Now the wheels are turning." Martin believes that he is prepared to make his decision on Saturday afternoon during the television broadcast. "I am pretty sure in my mind where I want to go, but I just have to straighten a few things out with my mother," After I straighten everything out it will be fine. I could do it Saturday." Martin will decide between Ohio State, Florida, Tennessee and Notre Dame.
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