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Former Ballou standout athlete Anthony Martin has reclassified from 2021 into the 2022 class and is set to begin spring practice at Rock Creek High School. The 6-foot, 190-pound athlete is carrying that chip on his shoulder into the program’s first year and is ready to show out.
“I heard about the program and coach Dre [Kates], he kind of sold the program and he made a thing that he wanted to help us with our future,” Martin told SEQL. “He reached out to our coaches at my 7-on-7 team, he said he wanted me and some other players, so we got a chance to look at the program, see what’s going on with the future and it was good. It was a good path.”
Martin, who holds a 3.57 GPA, is using the extra chance at high school football to show what he can do best along the backline. “Just go out there and put forth the effort and show the extra kick that I didn’t show previously. Get out there and show my explosiveness, strength. I had grown too so I could show that I’m big, but I can also move. The weight that I’ve put on won’t stop me from doing anything on the field.”
Maine, UMass, and Temple all extended offers to Martin as a 2021 prospect as he’s started reaching back out to coaches. “I told like two, three coaches already. I told them I was going to reclass around signing day, so they told me to let them know if I do. As soon as I did, I hit them.”
Though Rock Creek won’t suit up for a season this spring, Martin is looking ahead to their 15 practices to show what he’s capable of. As he reacclimates himself to the recruiting scene, Martin explains what he brings to a program on and off the field.
“I would say I’m very intrigued and determined. I know coaches get that a lot, the hardest worker on the field, but I’m going to bring something different whenever I come. Different energy, different vibe. I want to let them know I’m more than just a football player, I’m a student-athlete. On and off the field, I’m the same guy.”
Written by Ahmed Ghafir, publisher of Inside the Black & Gold.