November 28, 2010

Ross takes in rivalry game

Ranked by kicking expert Chris Sailer as the second-best placekicker in the recruiting class of 2012, Ross Martin has drawn interest from some of college football's top programs.

Already he's visited Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Akron. On Saturday, he witnessed Ohio State's 37-7 thumping of rival Michigan.

"It was very cool," Martin said. "I had gone to the Miami and Ohio games earlier this year and it was great being back there. I can definitely see myself playing there one day."

Martin, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound junior from Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, attended the game with his father and brother.

Upon arriving on campus the Martin's first met with the coaching staff, including Jim Tressel, in the Buckeyes' recruiting room. Then they arrived at the Horseshoe in time for pre-game warm-ups.

"The game was awesome and so intense and then afterwards I talked with some of the players briefly and talked to the coaches again," he said.

Ever since he shined at the Buckeyes summer camp OSU assistant coach Jim Bollman has remained in contact with Martin. It was last week when Bollman extended the invitation for Martin to make a third trip to campus this fall.

With Devin Barclay set to graduate after this season, the Buckeyes will have just one placekicker on the roster next season. If Ohio State foregoes a kicker in the 2011 recruiting class, Martin could become their top target in 2012.

"They said they look forward to watching my season highlight video and look forward to recruiting me over the next couple months," Martin said. "They said they haven't decided on what their plan is for 2012 kickers. My understanding is they haven't made a decision yet if they're taking a kicker in 2011."

Because it's so early in the process and he has yet to pick up his first scholarship offer, Martin said he doesn't plan to identify any favorites for quite some time.

"It's early in the process, so I'm keeping my options open. I have really enjoyed each of my visits so far this year. I've been very impressed by the coaches I have met and the quality football programs that each of these schools offer."

As a junior Martin was a perfect 34-for-34 on extra point attempts and he hit on eight field goal tries with a long of 43 yards.

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