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LSU Lands Three Star Offensive Lineman Marlon Martinez

St. Thomas Aquinas offensive guard Marlon Martinez commited to LSU on Saturday. Martinez is a three star recruit in the 2020 class.

“It feels great to represent Fort Lauderdale even though I’m not from here. I love it here and I feel like I have a good chance to represent the people here at LSU. I wouldn’t call myself a role model in this area but I do try to exemplify the qualities that someone would look up to because I feel like many people are trying to reach the same places I am.” Martinez said when asked what it means to represent Fort Lauderdale and to be a role model in the area.

Martinez is not from the United States. He lived in Cuba until he was 7 years old and then moved to the US.

Martinez also held offers from Auburn, Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State, and others. But LSU was the perfect fit for him.

“LSU was different in the way they recruited me. I formed a very strong relationship with a lot of the coaches there and it felt like family to me. They’ve been recruiting me since my sophomore year and that meant a lot to me,” Martinez said.

The 6’5, 287-pound lineman attends St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale. He has went there all of his high school career.

“St. Thomas has been great. The coaches and teachers there have developed me into the person I am today and without them I don’t believe I would be ready for what I’ve been through. My game has also gotten a lot better at St. Thomas because I go against the best of the best everyday,” he said.

St Thomas Aquinas lost to Lakeland High School in the 7A Florida State Championship last year. But Martinez has high expectations set for his team in his senior year.

“We have a good team and I definitely expect us to go far this upcoming season.”

Martinez models his game after Colts offensive guard Quenton Nelson.

“I look up to Quenton Nelson as a role model. He’s a great aggressive player who likes to finish his blocks and I’d like to say I model my game after him. He also stresses getting better and technique constantly.”

Quenton Nelson attended Notre Dame and was the 6th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Growing up in Cuba Marlon Martinez did not know much about football. So LSU had not always been a dream sochool of his.

“LSU has not always been a dream school. In fact, I didn’t know anything about football until I got to the states but after I got into football and started getting recruited I looked at all the schools very closely to see where I would best fit,” Martinez said.

Martinez was the 15th commitment for LSU in the 2020 class including two five star recruits already. In the upcoming years, LSU has a great chance to compete for a National Championship.

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