Martin was offered by the likes of Alabama, Arkansas, MSU, Texas Tech, Michigan State, Baylor, USM, Syracuse, and Kentucky. But in the end, Ole Miss was just the right fit for more than one reason.
"I have family (sister) who already go there, but it was more than that for me. I just felt at home at Ole Miss. I like the coaches a lot. I have a lot of friends who are going there, and most importantly, there are a lot of opportunities for me at Ole Miss. They are losing all of their defensive tackles after next season. I like the way they use their defensive linemen. They drop them back in coverage, stay at home, and get after the passer. They do a lot of the things that the pro linemen are doing. I think they help you prepare to get to the league. They sent Peria Jerry into the first round last year, and they are going to send Greg Hardy, Marcus Tillman, and Emmanuel Stephens to the league this year. Next year Jerrell Powe, Ted Laurent, Lawon Scott and those guys are going to the league. I am just happy to have this opportunity to follow in their guys footsteps."
Having his teammate, Bryon Bennett, committed to Ole Miss did not hurt matters either.
"We love to compete against each other. He keeps me going, and I keep him going. Bryon's my boy, and we have a lot of fun competing against one another, but it is just motivation for both of us. It's a tradition we are going to continue at Ole Miss, but he knows I am going to get the best out of him anyway (laugh)."
Martin has one more defensive lineman out of Mississippi he wants to join him.
"Me, Bryon (Bennett), and Carlos (Thompson) saw how well we worked together at the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game. If we can get Carlos to come with us, we are going to have the next great defensive line at Ole Miss."
Carlton had 76 tackles, 5 sacks, 29 QB hurries, and 3 forced fumbles while helping his team to a 12-1 record this season. He was named 1st Team All-State for all classifications by the Clarion Ledger for his on the field accomplishments.
Yancy Porter is the Recruiting Manager for the State of Mississippi and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org