Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Bruins land first Lineman for 2008

It was a big day in recruiting for the Bruins. Not only did Rivals gush over the current UCLA commits, naming 12 of them in their top-250, but the coaches received their first commitment from an offensive lineman.

Jonathan Martin, from Harvard-Westlake, verbally committed to being a Bruin today. Martin who is 6'7" and weighed in at 270 lbs as a Junior, will be a huge body on the Bruins line. He most likely projects to offensive tackle, which will be a position of need (like most positions) in 2008.

Jonathan has been aggressively recruited over the last few weeks and he has seen his stock rise considerably this spring. Along with an offer from UCLA, Martin had offers from Utah, Ole Miss, and Utah State. There was talk that California was also prepared to offer him a scholarship.

Martin was offered by the Bruins two weeks ago and it made a big impact on him.

"Coach (Bob) Connelly from UCLA came by and watched our practice. Afterwards he offered me,” said Martin. “I went to one of their practices and talked with him and Coach Dorrell. They are all really cool. They’re definitely my number one choice right now."

Martin mentioned that is was UCLA's early interest in him, and the steady dialog he has had with the coaches, that made the Bruins his favorite. Kudos to coaches
Connelly and Dorrell for discovering this giant lineman before everyone else jumped on the band wagon.

This brings the total number of commitments for the year to 15.

(photo credit: Scout)