It's not clear what position Corey Martinez will play at the next level, but the Class of 2014 offensive lineman is clearly going to be one of the more highly sought-after players in the trenches in Florida.
The Tampa (Fla.) Catholic lineman has high ratings from every recruiting service. A four-star by most, Martinez is rated by Rivals and Scout as the 6'4, 290-pound guard, 247 has him as either a guard or a center, and ESPN considers him a tackle, which is what he plays in high school. As SB Nation's recruiting analyst Bud Elliott wrote back in June, all that right now is speculation: with a guy still a year and a half away from a likely redshirt year, he's still growing, and the fact that he has a college guard's body now doesn't mean he can't grow into being a tackle.
Martinez has at least 10 offers, including from home-state schools Florida State and Miami, as well as South Florida, located in his hometown.
Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: Martinez plays tackle for Tampa Catholic, but he projects best as a guard at the next level, I think, because he isn't exceptionally long at 6'4.
In his highlights he shows good feet. Martinez gets out of his stance well when pulling, and doesn't waste time turning up field. He also has several nice plays in which he climbs to the second level and grabs a linebacker. Importantly, he doesn't overextend or chase in the second level, which can lead to more agile defenders jumping around the block. He seems to have a good understanding and feel for angles within the context of the play.
Martinez also has a few nice "hustle plays" in which he keeps moving and makes a second block.
Ultimately, it is tough to judge a prospect on 150-second highlight tape, and I wish there was a longer sample to evaluate.
Martinez needs to work on coming off the ball lower. He will probably never be a 320-pound mauler, and because of that, leverage will be very important part of his game. If Martinez can bend better, he'll fare better at the point of attack, and could end up as a multi-year starter at the major college level.