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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Feature Interview / Story with: Muskegon Catholic Central 2020 WR/S "ATH" Cameron Martinez

Muskegon Catholic Central 2020 WR/S "ATH" Cameron Martinez broke onto the scene as he was entering his freshman season.  Martinez camped at Central Michigan's satellite camp at Paw Paw HS where he was impressive enough to earn his first offer and later his 2nd by Davenport.  Martinez led MCC to the Division 8 title to end 2016 and is on Legacy West White as a Freshman, which is the top 7 on 7 team in the Ottawa / Kent County area.

Martinez is looking to get better and go against top talent at the Legacy 7 on 7 League, "It's great," said Martinez about Legacy's competition.  "I love coming here every weekend and getting after it, there's some great competition. I mean I love to do this, I can't think of a better place to go to on a Saturday."

Cameron Martinez is one of the youngest players in the league, but after a Top 12 performance at Camp Pride 2 months ago, it's tough to see a more consolidated amount of talent from all positions and to compete better than who he lined up against as well, so Martinez is able to focus more on himself now as he discussed how competes vs. the older and more experienced kids, "just get better every day like this.  It helps me work on my routes, work on my speed, and that's just my goals; getting better every day and get better at it."

As for how the decision to attend CMU's satellite camp arose, Martinez described it was about getting his name out early, "me and my brother always had a conversation about going to camps and getting me on the map. Central Michigan was kind of in contact with me during the school year, my 8th grade year, so my brother was like you gotta go down to camp and perform, there they offered me."

Every player attends college camps for different reasons, as an incoming high school player particularly, mindsets can be totally different.  Some kids like competing with kids younger them, some kids just want a taste of what a college camp is like, etc.  Martinez was asked if he had a realistic thought process of earning that offer,  "we talked about it, but if I just played at my full potential I knew I could possibly end up getting an offer."

Martinez's offer was a big deal for the greater Muskegon area as he received a lot of praise from people around him and as he discussed the interactions following the offer, "It was just exciting," said Martinez. "As soon as I got the offer, the goal was just to get more, keep on developing, playing at my full potential, and keep on working to get more - that's what I'm doing right now."

The state of Michigan seen first hand how good Martinez was in the Division 8 finals game this past year.  After the MCC Crusaders struggled vs. Whiteford in the first quarter, Martinez stepped in at QB and the rest as you can say was history as Martinez used a good blend of run and passes to quickly turn the game into a 35-6 MCC victory.  Martinez mentioned that he on average played between 4-5 possessions of quarterback a game, while not taking a single snap at QB vs. LaSalle in the semi-finals.  Instead Martinez took snaps at Safety and Receiver, which is why Martinez is labeled as an, "Athlete" in recruiting contexts.  Martinez discussed his role, "It was a great experience. I just want to go back to Ford Field and win 3 more state titles, but I love to play anywhere.  Being an Athlete is great it just allows me to play all over the field and do whatever the coach needs me to do."

Martinez was asked to provide more insight on Coach Czerwon's decision to move him to QB in the 2nd quarter, "we were having a little struggle on offense and we're using a 2 quarterback system, so Coach Czerwon told me, just be ready we're going to put you out at quarterback.  I just had the mindset to be ready and get after it.  Luckily it paid off and we wound up winning the state title."

Besides for Central Michigan being involved in Martinez's recruiting process, word quickly spread about his Camp Pride performance all over the country, but colleges cannot contact recruits until they're juniors so sometimes Freshman recruiting communication is slim, so the local schools have took advantage of it as Martinez summarized his current interest, "Michigan came up and visited me after the season, Michigan State has been in close contact with me.  I just visited Michigan State for the Wisconsin basketball game last week and other MAC schools have been in contact with my coach."

Martinez closed by discussing the Michigan State visit, "It was a great experience, I loved it there.  The game and crowd was crazy, it was a good environment to be in and we got to watch the spring practice, that was a lot of fun. It was a great environment to be around."

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