Clovis West High quarterback Adrian Martinez said he’s fully committed to Tennessee despite an interest from USC.
No, the Trojans haven’t offered Martinez, but even if they do, Martinez said he likes Tennessee and the football tradition there and “I am firmly committed to Tennessee despite any rumors or interest from other schools.”
Martinez said he was recently contacted by a USC coach but reassured to Tennessee coaches his intention to play in Knoxville in 2018. He visited the campus mid-June with other recruits and committed to the Volunteers in May.
“It’s a great sense of relief,” Martinez said. “It felt like being back home when being in Knoxville and with my future teammates. I got to meet the other commits for my class and start building relationships with those guys. It was really cool to get to put faces to names I had been in previous contact with.”
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Martinez, listed at 6 feet 2 inches and 198 pounds, accounted for 3,869 yards and 41 touchdowns for an 8-4 team that placed second in the Tri-River Athletic Conference, the Central Section’s preeminent league.
Those totals included 2,484 yards and 25 touchdowns passing and 1,385 yards and 16 scores while averaging 7.4 yards per carry on the ground while the Golden Eagles advanced to the section Division I semifinals.
The Bee’s reigning Football Player of the Year and ESPN’s No. 32 overall rated recruit said he’s recovering well from a torn labrum in his right shoulder that will cause him to miss his senior season at Clovis West.
He was named to the Under Armour All-American game to be played in January in Orlando, Florida. If all goes well with his shoulder, he said he plans to play in the game but cautioned “we will see how things progress.”
“I plan to start my throwing program in August,” he said. “Things are going smoothly as of now. I am staying on the path my doctor has laid out for me.”