"I committed to Ole Miss when I got back in from my Texas Tech trip, but I wanted to save it for Christmas Day so I could give all of the Ole Miss fans a little present when they woke up," added the always personable Carlton Martin.
"I went on my trip to Texas Tech this weekend and it made me realize how
much I like it at Ole Miss. I was just looking for something to compare Ole Miss
to, and I definitely feel at home when I am on their campus."
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
"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