Saturday, January 31, 2009

Ropin' a Cowboy?

Josh Martin, #51, is on the far right

Sometimes "decommits" swing Ivy's way.

A week after a highly regarded Yale recruit decommitted and switched over to Miami of Ohio, a Wyoming newspaper is reporting that a defensive end from Colorado who had committed to University of Wyoming is now coming to Columbia. The article kind of leaves out whether he will play football for the Lions, but I suppose that's a given.

Josh Martin is 6"3, and 230-pounds. He had 53 tackles and 10 sacks in 10 games his senior season.

Martin reportedly was "surprised" by the scholarship offer from Wyoming. But the Cowboy coaches told local reporters that he stood out based on their own unique analysis for future potential... whatever that means.

The major scouting websites projected Martin as a mid major Division I prospect.

You can see some pictures of Martin in action here.

Spring Game Announced

Hopefully, you have all seen the announcement on the official CU Website about the Spring Game scheduled for April 18th at 1pm. That should be a fun and informative afternoon and I hope to see many of you there.


At Sat Jan 31, 08:41:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Josh Martin ia a solid prospect who earned a two-star rating from According to an associated press article that appeared January 21st in the Rockford Register, "Martin who started only this season ar Cherokee High School is a late bloomer who is expected to get better in college. Martin spent his first three years playing in a back-up role as a safety and wide receiver. He was moved to defensive end as a senior and responded by making 53 tackles, 10 of which were quarterback sacks. He was second team All-Centennial League and an All-Colorado Honorable Academic choice." Switching from a skill position (running back) to defensive end certainly worked out well for Columbia football great, Marcellus Wiley. Hopefully, Martin will enjoy similiar success at Columbia.

At Sun Feb 01, 01:02:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a good article on Martin (and two other Wyoming recruits) written before his switch to the Lions. (slightly abridged)

UW lands linemen and running back
Comments Jan 21, 2009 8:41 PM (10 days ago) AP

Wyo. (Map, News) - Among Wyoming's recent football recruits are a pair of linemen from the neighboring states and a speedy running back out of Texas.

Giving the Cowboys verbal commitments are: Scott Criss, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound offensive lineman from Omaha Creighton Prep in Nebraska; Joshua Martin, a 6-3, 230-pound defensive end from Aurora Cherokee Trail High School in Colorado; and Alvester Alexander, a 5-11, 205-pound running back from C.E. King High School in Houston.

"Going to Wyoming with coach Christensen's new spread offense ... I'm going to love it," Criss said. "I like being able to be in a two-point stance all the time instead of three. I like that as an offensive lineman. I'm just excited to play."

Martin, who started only one season at Cherokee High School, is a late bloomer who is expected to get better in college.

Martin spent his first three years playing in a backup role for the Cougars as a safety and wide receiver. He was moved to defensive end as a senior and responded by making 53 tackles, 10 of which were quarterback sacks.

He was a second-team All-Centennial League selection and an All-Colorado honorable mention academic choice.

"The main purpose of my switching positions was to play more, and it worked out," Martin said. "I like being on the line and closer to the ball. I like the contact on every play and being able to rush the passer. I just like the contact."

Martin visited the UW campus last weekend.

"The coaches seem to have the players' best interests in mind," Martin said. "I felt like I was at home on my visit. The coaches were warm and welcomed me and the guys on the team seemed like a team. A lot of places there are cliques within a team, but at Wyoming I didn't get the sense that existed."

Alexander, who has been timed at 4.48 in the 40 and 10.96 in the 100 meters, will come to Wyoming after helping C.E. King to a 7-2 regular season and the Class 4A state playoffs where the Panthers dropped a tough 35-34 decision to Nederland.

During the regular season, Alexander carried the ball 142 times for 1,140 yards (8.03 average) and 16 touchdowns in being named a first-team All-District 19-4A selection.

Alexander, who was also being recruited by hometown Houston, came on strong his senior year after carrying the ball only 23 times for 217 yards (9.4 average) and two touchdowns as a junior.

Alexander also runs track at C.E. King where he is a sprinter.


Information from: Laramie Daily Boomerang - Laramie,

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

At Tue Feb 03, 03:55:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This young man looks like a difference maker and an impact player who will be a disruptive force early in his career. Excellenet size and speed, and with a limited football background lots of upside. It looks as if we just might be putting together the #1 recruiting class in the Ivies on a very quiet basis.

At Wed Feb 04, 03:28:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This could be a really great catch. I he doesn't change his mind again.


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