When Stony Point DB Desmond Martin
made the trip out to Lubbock to visit the Red Raiders, he knew he had found a perfect fit. After considering all of his options and talking with defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill, Desmond decided to give his verbal commitment late last week.
"Texas Tech isn't too far from home; it's only about six hours, and I'm used to the weather. I just really liked the atmosphere of Lubbock, and the coaches were really cool. Tech was just a natural fit for me, so I decided to commit."
Another factor that played a big part in Martin's commitment is the vaunted reputation the Red Raiders have gained is recent yeas.
"There's also a lot of prestige with Tech's football program, and that's something I want to be a part of."
At 6'1", 185 pounds, Desmond has the size to play either safety or cornerback, and the Red Raiders are considering him for both positions.
"Coach McNeill and Coach Sadler were the main coaches who recruited me. We've talked about what position I will play there, and they see me as a hybrid between a cornerback and a safety. Most likely I will start at cornerback, but Coach McNeill is projecting me to be a safety once I get comfortable and learn the system."
Regardless of which position he plays, Desmond's hard-hitting tackles will allow him to shine in the Red Raider defense.
"I think what stood out to the coaches at Texas Tech about me is my aggressive style of play and my natural ability to tackle. I play hard every play."
Desmond visited Lubbock earlier this summer and says he plans to take an official visit to Tech sometime next year.
"I visited Tech during one of their one-day camps. I didn't participate, but I took a tour of the facilities and the campus. I was very impressed with the weight room and the indoor training center; Tech is definitely in the upper echelon when it comes to facilities."
Martin also feels that he will have a chance to contribute early to the team and is working hard to be ready for D-I football.
"I think that defensively Tech's secondary hasn't been where they would like it to be, so I see that as an opportunity for me to come in and make a name for myself. I'm hoping to possibly be able to start my freshman year- that's my goal- so I'm working really hard."
To that end, Desmond is focused on improving over the next year so that he has a chance to compete for early playing time.
"I am trying to get stronger, and I need to gain more weight. I'm 185 right now and want to get bigger. Speed is the number one thing I'm working on. I think that speed is the one thing holding me back right now, so I'm really working to get faster."
Despite holding offers from Missouri, UTEP, Tulsa, and North Texas, Desmond says he is very comfortable with his decision to become a Red Raider.
"I'm solid with Texas Tech. Since the fourth of July holiday, I haven't really been hearing much from any of the other schools, so I think they know that I've made my decision."
As the most recent Red Raider commit, Stony Point DB Desmond Martin says that Texas Tech is a natural fit for him. RaiderPower.com talks with Martin about his goals for the summer and how he feels he will fit in with Ruffin McNeill's fast paced, hard-hitting defensive style.