Michigan high school football is home to some really stellar talent. In fact, within the last 10 years, Michigan high school football as a whole has really taken a step up in the world. Whether it be competition, coaching or overall talent, Michigan has really increased their number of Division-1 type prospects in the recent recruiting cycles. For the Ohio State coaching staff, they’ve obviously taken notice. Recruiting Michigan native prospects pretty frequently since the beginning of Urban Meyer’s tenure, Michigan natives currently find themselves on the current OSU roster with guys such as Michael Jordan and Mike Weber.
Head to the opposite side of the state to West Michigan and you have one area that really deserves some attention from top level programs. In particular, Muskegon high school. Home of the winningest prep program in the state, the Muskegon Big Reds produce top level prospects year in and year out. With a head coach in Shane Fairfield running an incredible system, the Big Reds not only won their respective division state championship last year, but are well on their way to possibly repeating as back-to-back state champs. One of their key reasons: quarterback Cameron Martinez.
Martinez is literally “Mr. Do-it-all”. The best part of Cam’s attributes though, is that he may be one of the most humble kids in the game. A 6-foot, 180-pound speedster, Cameron is currently the 38th best athlete in the nation for 2020, and the 18th best player in a very talented state of Michigan for his cycle. A higher three-star, Cameron can easily back up his ranking with his play. In fact, don’t be surprised at all to see his stock increase toward the four-star mark as he continues to compete this season at a very high level as a high school junior. The sky's the limit for this young talent—and he’s hoping the Buckeye coaching staff takes notice.
Yesterday, Cameron took time out of his day to speak with Land-Grant Holy Land about his current recruiting process.
LGHL: You’re a current Junior in high school, tell me about your accolades to this point.
Cameron: My freshman season, I helped lead my team to a state title for Muskegon Catholic Central where I played quarterback and safety. That season I earned all-conference, all-area, as a defensive player and honorable mention all-state as a QB. During the state championship game that season, I had 150 yards and a touchdown. My sophomore year I had 2,000-plus all-purpose yards and over 20 touchdowns. I was awarded first team all-state as a safety.
LGHL: Who are the schools who have already offered you? Of those do you have any favorites?
Cameron: Currently, I have offers from Indiana, Kentucky, Syracuse, Boston College, Northern Illinois, Central, Western, Alabama A&M, Toledo and Buffalo. Right now I don’t have a clear leader in my recruitment.
LGHL: Have you visited Ohio State before? If so, when?
Cameron: I haven’t technically visited, I have been there a few times though for camp. I actually attended Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights camp and was offered by Buffalo during an Ohio State camp where they had multiple staffs working.
LGHL: What sticks out to you about Ohio State? What are your favorite aspects of the school, team, and coaching staff?
Cameron: What sticks out to me about Ohio State is the culture around the program and the coaching staff. They work hard, they develop athletes for the next level, and they win. The coaches are great. They have a ton of experience, multiple head coaches on staff, and some young coaches that are great.
LGHL: Have you ever talked with Ohio State and or one of their coaches? If not, would you consider camping again this coming summer for Friday Night Lights or another camp they hold?
Cameron: I talked a ton with Coach Hartline the summer before my sophomore year at the camp where I received my offer from Buffalo, which was before he was the receivers position coach. I came back to Ohio State a month later for Friday Night Lights and talked a ton with former position coach Zach Smith. We exchanged information, but haven’t been in contact since.
LGHL: How is your season going? What are your current stats, what is your season goal? I know you had quite the tough non-conference schedule having to play Detroit King as well as the Division 2 state champions, Warren De La Salle.
Cameron: It’s going good right now, the first three games were tough. We played powerhouse opponents like you said, De La Salle, Detroit King and East Grand Rapids. We won all three games, too. Those were the last games I actually played all four quarters. We are currently 5-0 and we want to just win each week and consistently build to set us up to be where we need to be throughout the playoffs. Right now I have around 900 yards rushing, 500 yards passing and 19 touchdowns.
LGHL: What is the best part of your game and what do you want to work on before the next level?
Cameron: I think the best part of my game is my vision and elusiveness. I can see the cutback lane and usually it takes multiple people to bring me down. My speed and power has increased which I think shows from the first two weeks with a combined 60 carries, 450 yards, and seven touchdowns rushing. I’d like to improve my speed, I improved it this off-season but I feel it is something you can always work on. I’d also like to improve my pocket presence if I play quarterback. I always feel like I need to improve every part of my game though to get where I want to be as a player and continue to help my team now and at the next level.
As you can see from above, Cameron has no shortage of talent. He’s been playing varsity football since he was a freshman and it’s paying off greatly. After seeing Cameron in person several times, speaking from experience, Martinez has the ability to take it the distance at any point of the game. Several times, he’s done just that. Like he said himself, his elusiveness is special. He brings the Braxton Miller effect to the field and when that’s the case, the defense has more than their hands full. On the opposite side of the ball, he’s just as effective. With speed, strength, and the ability to find the ball in the air, Cam possesses all of the tools to play wherever the coaching staff would like when he gets to the college level.
It’s clear Cam has the interest in Ohio State and until a coaching change, that interest looked to be pretty mutual. If the Buckeyes want to become a real threat to land Martinez, they’ll need to make the communication reopen again. They have the rest of this year and next year as well to do just that. If they do though, Cam’s keeping no secrets when considering his genuine Ohio State affinity. It would be worth the Buckeyes’ time too. See for yourself below by watching some mid-season highlights for the Muskegon star.