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Sunday, June 30, 2013
ESPN 300 OL Martinez set to decide

By Derek Tyson

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- Four-star offensive tackle Corey Martinez (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic) is set to make his decision Wednesday afternoon at The Opening. The ESPN 300 member will choose between his six finalists -- Miami, Alabama, Florida State, Vanderilt, Tennessee and LSU.

Martinez took time out during registration on Sunday to talk about his six finalist.

FSU: It's a great school. You can't say anything bad about them. With all the recruiting classes they are bringing in, they are definitely getting up there near the top. Coach [Rick] Trickett and I have a great relationship. We've bonded over the years and the times that I've been over there. Our relationship is really good. Not a lot of kids like coach Trickett's coaching style, but I don't mind it; it's something that appeals to me.

Miami: Just the recruiting class they are building is unbelievable for the offensive line. The thing I like about them is they are a small private school. That's something that stands out to me. Coach [Art] Kehoe is a great guy. I love coach Kehoe. He's a great coach -- one of the best.

Alabama: Coach [Mario] Cristobal started recruiting me when he was over at Miami. He's got that Cuban style to him, and he likes me because of that. So we've built a good relationship with him and coach Rump, the D-line coach over there.

Vanderbilt: The thing I like about Vanderbilt is the fact that they are a great academic school. Not only a good football school but also academics. THat's what really stood out to me.

Tennessee: They started recruiting me when I was younger. They showed me the fan base, like how many people come to the games. They have great fan support, which is something I like.

LSU: They are a great school. I didn't realize how great they were academically, which really turned me on to them.

Martinez said it will be nice to get the recruiting process over and focus on his senior year.

"It's going to be nice to get this off my chest, so I can go in to my senior season focusing on school and helping out the team, and hopefully we can make it to the state championship and win one," he said.

The 6-foot-4, 297-pound guard prospect said he will make his decision based on where he feels most comfortable.

"I think it's just where I feel comfortable at, because that's the school I'm going to be at for the next four years of my life," Martinez said. "I have to make an educated decision and make sure the school I choose will be the one I want to be at."