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December Commit Still Possible
Carlton Martin, the 6-foot-1, 265-pound four-star defensive tackle/defensive end from Central High School in Madison, Miss., has narrowed his list down to six favorites, with two standing out. Martin, Scout.com's No. 25 defensive tackle, still favors Ole Miss (slight leader) and Mississippi State solidly over Michigan State, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt and Baylor. All have offered. In fact, Martin was in attendance for the Egg Bowl on Nov. 28 when Mississippi State upset Ole Miss. "That was great," he said about his experience. "The fans were going crazy. The game was close in the first half, but then Mississippi State started playing even better in the second half. It was a great game." He says that both the Rebels and Bulldogs are recruiting him the hardest. Martin will be taking his official visit to Mississippi State on Jan. 30. Although he doesn't have a trip set up with Ole Miss, the Rebels coaches did already visit him at home on Monday, Nov. 30. "(Running backs) coach Derrick Nix, (defensive coordinator) Tyrone Nix and (defensive line) Terry Price were all at my house," he said. "They really just spent most of the time getting to know my parents better." Martin says he's been busy all week, as all of his finalists have stopped by for in-home visits already. "The Michigan State defensive line coach (Ted Gill) was here on Wednesday (Dec. 2)," he said. "He says they really like my size and that I'm the kind of d-lineman they like." He will be visiting the Spartans officially on Jan. 9. "The coaches seem real interested in me," he said. "I've never been that far north before, so I want to go and check it all out. I don't think the distance will be too big of a thing." The week following his visit to Michigan State, Martin will be heading west to visit Baylor (Jan. 16). The only school that he plans on visiting officially this month is Texas Tech on Dec. 19. "Tech has really impressed me this year," he said. "They beat OU (Oklahoma) and that was real big. "Plus, they are losing a ton of linemen," he said. "It's a great opportunity for me to start as a freshman." Even though most of his visits are set in January, Martin admits he may pull the trigger before the end of the year. "I may still commit this month," he said. "I'm gonna take my first visit and see how it goes and take it from there. "I want to see what the campus is like at these schools and what life is like there," he said. "I'll be looking at how comfortable I feel and if I can see myself there." Martin finished his senior season with 75 tackles, six sacks, three fumbles caused and two safeties. He helped lead his team to a 13-1 record and a spot in the final game, which the Jaguars lost 21-36 to South Panola. He reports a 2.7 core GPA and an 18 ACT.
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