Martin committed to the Beavers without ever making the cross country trip from his home in Tampa, Florida. The distance from home could have been a big deciding factor on his decision to open things back up.
— Jaylen Martin™ (@jay2mighty) October 11, 2020
In August, Martin told us that OSU was a good fit and that he liked the coaches.
“Oregon State is a school that’s a good fit for me,” Martin told BeaverBlitz. “The coaches are cool, so I think that school is a good fit for me.”
Martin had not been able to officially visit campus due to the ongoing Corona virus pandemic, but he has been able to virtually visit and has had the chance to meet the coaches via Zoom calls.
What are the Beavers losing in Martin’s commitment? We asked 247Sports recruiting analyst Andrew Ivins for his thoughts. Ivins handles the state of Florida for the network.
“Jaylen is one of the more versatile defenders coming out of the Tampa area this cycle,” Ivins said. “He got snaps as both a corner and safety as a junior and ended up with five picks. He’s one of those type of defenders that will often put himself in high-risk, high-reward situations. Not the biggest from a physical standpoint, but looks like and is a willing tackler. Not all that surprising that Sunshine State native Blue Adams has circled Jaylen as a guy he wants given the body and skillset.”
Last season for the Chiefs, Martin had 34 tackles and five interceptions.