Martin Eying the Academies

Martin Eying the Academies

Evan Martin has become a fixture on the Lee's Summit (MO) West offensive line, playing multiple positions for the Titans. After picking up an offer on a recent visit to Navy, the versatile blocker holds five offers. Go Inside as Martin talks about his recruitment…

Standing 6-foot-4, 280-pounds, Evan Martin is an imposing figure.

"I don't like to brag on myself," the massive blocker said with a grin. "I like to let my game speak for itself."

The Lee's Summit (MO) West offensive lineman paused for a moment. And suddenly, he was a very different person.

"I'm pretty tenacious and pretty nasty," Martin said, his eyes narrowing. "I've been told I'm pretty explosive. I try to be level-headed, but there's always the guy that shoots his mouth off. Just like in The Waterboy, I get the guy's number, then I completely nail him on the next play."

After attending Park Hill South, Martin transferred prior to the 2012 season. He's played almost every position on the offensive line, something he takes great pride in.

"I've played everywhere but center," he said. "I do what the team needs me to do. I'm really big on team play and teamwork. That's why I applied to the service academies."

Martin's interest in the academies has paid dividends. The Titans standout holds offers from VMI, Navy, and Air Force, in addition to Toledo and Iowa State. A Missouri football legacy, he's developed a good relationship with the Tigers.

"Since sophomore year, I've been getting looked at by Mizzou. I got a letter from Nebraska that year, too, and I was pretty geeked out."

He's also continued to hear from a host of offer programs, including Oklahoma, Kansas, Kansas State, Northern Illinois, Iowa, Harvard, Princeton, and Dartmouth.

"This summer, I haven't been able to do as many camps as I wanted to. I went to Mizzou camp, and I wanted to go to camp at Northern Illinois, but there was a conflict. I went to the Naval Academy Summer Sendoff camp. It was a walk through a day in the life of a Midshipman. I had a blast actually."

Martin's visit to Anapolis was clearly a highlight of his recruitment.

"I went to the coaches offices, and I met their line coach, Tony Grantham, and their receivers coach, Nick Yokitis. The head coach, Ken Niumatalolo, he offered me outside his office. It was like meeting a celebrity."

As Martin gears up for his senior year, he's established his priorities and what will factor in to his college choice.

"My mom raised me to be a student first, and an athlete second," he said with a nod. "I just love football. It's something I love to do, but what gets me really riled up are my grades. I have a 3.92 GPA, I'm an academic letterman, and I want to be an engineer. School is very important to me."

"Playing Division 1 football, if I can get a scholarship to attend a really good college, I'll take the opportunity and run with it."

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