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Ohio State’s in-home visit means a lot to Cameron Martinez, who’s still mulling his options

MLive - GrandRapids/Muskegon/Kalamazoo logo MLive - GrandRapids/Muskegon/Kalamazoo 1/20/2020 By Scott DeCamp, mlive.com
a group of young men playing a game of football: Muskegon's Cameron Martinez, middle, scores a touchdown near Marquette's Truman Langlois (32) in the Division 3 MHSAA playoff game at Grand Haven on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Muskegon won 69-7. © Cory Morse | cmorse1@mlive.com/mlive.com/TNS Muskegon's Cameron Martinez, middle, scores a touchdown near Marquette's Truman Langlois (32) in the Division 3 MHSAA playoff game at Grand Haven on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Muskegon won 69-7.

MUSKEGON, MI – Ohio State head football coach Ryan Day took in Cameron Martinez’s entire basketball game Friday at Reeths-Puffer, then he and assistant coach Matt Barnes trekked through snowy conditions for an in-home visit with Martinez later that evening.

When the head honcho is showing love a couple weeks from national signing day, then you know you’re a priority recruit.

“It meant a lot to me and also showed a lot,” Martinez said in a text to MLive.com. “They had a busy day and for them to come to the game and then come over (to the house) with the weather being bad, I really appreciated it. I haven’t seen them in a while, so it was good to catch up with them as well.”

a group of people standing in front of a red chair: Muskegon football players Muskegon's Robert Gee Jr. (22) greets teammate Cameron Martinez, middle, near Tre'von Cosse before boarding buses to Detroit King on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. © Cory Morse | cmorse1@mlive.com/mlive.com/TNS Muskegon football players Muskegon's Robert Gee Jr. (22) greets teammate Cameron Martinez, middle, near Tre'von Cosse before boarding buses to Detroit King on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.

Assistant coaches for Northwestern and Notre Dame also were in attendance at the Muskegon vs. Reeths-Puffer basketball game Friday. Barnes is Ohio State’s special teams coordinator and assistant secondary coach.

Martinez, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound standout for Muskegon High School who captured every individual award there is in the state of Michigan in his senior campaign, said he remains committed to Ohio State. He opted not to sign with the Buckeyes during the early period in December.

Muskegon's Cameron Martinez, left, and Jordan Porter study at Muskegon High School on Thursday, June 6, 2019. © Cory Morse/mlive.com/TNS Muskegon's Cameron Martinez, left, and Jordan Porter study at Muskegon High School on Thursday, June 6, 2019.

Former Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley, who was Martinez’s primary recruiter with the Buckeyes, was hired as Boston College’s head coach in December. Martinez said he has not made any decisions on where he’ll sign, mulling his options.

Martinez holds 29 Division I offers, including 21 from Power Five programs. The 247Sports Composite lists him as a four-star athlete prospect.

The Feb. 5 signing day is fast approaching, but Martinez remains patient with the process.

“I have never felt any pressure. If I have, then that shouldn’t be the school for me,” Martinez said.

Paulo Henrique Carneiro Filho in a red room: Cameron Martinez looks at his phone about 9:30 p.m. after a school day, football practice and watching a Muskegon Catholic Central volleyball game (Cameron's previous high school) on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. Cameron, who has committed to play football at The Ohio State University, is surround by souvenirs from his football career. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder, who plays quarterback for Muskegon but projects as a wide receiver and/or defensive back in college, chose the Buckeyes over 28 other Division I offers. © Cory Morse | cmorse1@mlive.com/mlive.com/TNS Cameron Martinez looks at his phone about 9:30 p.m. after a school day, football practice and watching a Muskegon Catholic Central volleyball game (Cameron's previous high school) on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. Cameron, who has committed to play football at The Ohio State University, is surround by souvenirs from his football career. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder, who plays quarterback for Muskegon but projects as a wide receiver and/or defensive back in college, chose the Buckeyes over 28 other Division I offers.

Even if Martinez had signed during the early period last month, he still would have completed his senior year at Muskegon. That’s been the plan all along, and he has no regrets.

“I’ve been enjoying everything and I always say with me, having a great supporting cast, it makes everything easier and takes the pressure off of things. I wouldn’t take anything back,” he said.

Martinez is being targeted by Ohio State to play in the secondary, although he’s been told he’d have an opportunity at receiver and possibly in the return game.

Martinez did play in the secondary as well as quarterback at Muskegon Catholic Central. He completed his 52-game, four-year high school football career with a 48-4 record and 6,343 rushing yards. He eclipsed the 2,000-yard rushing mark in his junior and senior seasons.

In two seasons quarterbacking the Big Reds, he won the MLive High School Football Player of the Year award twice and led his team to back-to-back 13-1, state runner-up campaigns.

a baseball player holding a bat: Muskegon's Cameron Martinez (13) reacts after scoring his team's second touchdown against Warren De La Salle Collegiate in the Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State University in Detroit on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. © Cory Morse | cmorse1@mlive.com/mlive.com/TNS Muskegon's Cameron Martinez (13) reacts after scoring his team's second touchdown against Warren De La Salle Collegiate in the Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State University in Detroit on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019.

Martinez has a lot on his plate, but he’s used to that. He’s putting much thought into his college decision, making sure it’s the right one for him. That’s on top of focusing on his studies and being a member of the Muskegon basketball team, which is off to a 4-1 start. The Big Reds are ranked in the state, they’re looking to defend their conference and district championships and they’re eyeing a deep state-tournament run in March.

a close up of a man: Muskegon's Cameron Martinez (13) cools off on the sidelines after scoring a touchdown against Warren De La Salle Collegiate in the Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State University in Detroit on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. © Cory Morse | cmorse1@mlive.com/mlive.com/TNS Muskegon's Cameron Martinez (13) cools off on the sidelines after scoring a touchdown against Warren De La Salle Collegiate in the Xenith Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State University in Detroit on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019.

“We’re getting there,” Martinez said about the Big Reds basketball team. “Still a lot more work to do, but I think we will soon (hit their stride).”

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