THE Ohio State Buckeyes had most of the leg work done on the 2020 recruiting class before heading into signing day. There was still one player who had yet to put it in writing; Cameron Martinez.
Cameron Martinez is a four-star recruit from that state up north. In high school, Martinez spent his time under center. He is an elite athlete that holds just about every accolade you can find in the state of Michigan. In fact, his senior highlight video features nine minutes of nothing but touchdowns.
However, Martinez was not recruited to be a quarterback. No. The Buckeyes plan to teach him the other side of the ball as a defensive back. At 5’11” and 185lbs, his build and raw athleticism would serve him well as a safety. Hafley saw the potential very early and wasted no time getting in front of him in 2018. I’m sure that Brian Hartline and Tony Alford will plead with Ryan Day to incorporate Martinez’s explosiveness into the offense, but Martinez will be best served on the defensive side of the ball. So, it is not likely we will see an immediate impact from Martinez, but long-term he could be one of the next great DB’s for the Buckeyes.
Trusting the Process
Martinez committed to the Buckeyes on the fourth of July last year. However, when Jeff Hafley decided to move on to Boston College to become a head coach, Martinez pumped the brakes on his signing. Rightfully so, I might add.
Cameron Martinez had offers from several schools but had narrowed it down to Ohio State, Minnesota, and Northwestern. Being that highly sought after, it is understanding why Martinez was patient in signing with the Buckeyes without knowing who the next man up would be in Hafley’s absence. Of course, Kerry Coombs returned home, which in turn solidified Martinez’s decision to sign with the Buckeyes. Martinez officially became a Buckeye today, signing his National Letter of Intent in the early hours of the day.
Coombs will be tasked with teaching Martinez a completely new aspect of the game. There will certainly be a learning curve, but Martinez is known to have a solid football IQ and should be able to pick up the safety position quickly under Coach Coombs. I’m excited to have Cameron on board and look forward to watching him progress and learn over the years. He’s got one of the best coaching staffs in the business to help him become a part of the BIA group!