Mater Dei sends a bunch of players to play football at the college level every year and not all of them go to USC. For some reason though, Mater Dei offensive lineman Frank Martin committing to USC just seemed like it was going to be a fit all along. Martin has long been considered one of the top offensive line prospects on the west coast for this cycle and USC tends to win a lot of those battles for the best players in their backyard.
He’s got great raw tools to work and is a great addition to USC’s offensive line class in 2016.
Martin has decent, but not great, feet and moves pretty well for his size. He is definitely more of a knee bender than waste bender. He looks like he lost some weight recently in his upper half in a good way. He has the frame to be able to add some better weight and should easily be able to play at over 300 pounds at USC. He has a well built lower body and a good base to build up from that area and plays with strength that will only be enhanced once he spends time in a college strength and conditioning program. His length is good enough to play tackle.
Martin gets after as a run blocker. He plays with good pad level and fires off the ball with bad intentions. He wants to finish his blocks and has a level of nasty to his game. One bad habit he has is his hand placement. He frequently is grabbing cloth on the outside and in an attempt to pancake the defender, almost wrestles him to the ground. I love the mentality, but that’s going to get called a lot. His hand fit needs to be better.
He shows good mobility with his zone steps and in his movement to get to the second level. He can get out and reach edge defenders. He does have another bad habit of leaning to the way which he’ll step and giving away his block. Good defensive lineman in the Pac-12 are going to pick up on that and exploit it. I’m sure it’s something he’ll be emphasize to get out of his game.
He delivers a solid punch in his pass set, but can work on his timing with it. Most of the time he is balanced in his pass set and shows light feet, but he has a tendency to get high with his pads when forced to deal with speed. That’s something that is a little concerning if he plays against the kind of pass rushers that can convert speed to power and may put him on roller skates if he isn’t able to maintain the balance he shows when not dealing with speed.
I think his best position at USC will be guard, but he is capable of playing right tackle. His athleticism makes me think he’ll be better as an interior player and be a nice fit for USC’s offensive line and what they are going to ask him to do.
I think Martin has the potential to be a decent tackle at USC, but think he could be a possible All-Conference candidate at guard later down the line. Like every offensive lineman, he’ll need some time to develop and get stronger to compete at a higher level, but he has the tools to develop into a starter for multiple seasons for the Trojans.
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