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Cameron Martinez: Ohio State target goes from small school to big recruit

Cameron Martinez plays quarterback in high school but could be a receiver or defensive back in college. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Ohio State Football Recruiting

Cameron Martinez: Ohio State target goes from small school to big recruit

Ohio State football recruiting can be a wild ride full of twists and turns as recruits from all over the country maneuver their way to signing day. Lettermen Row is here to help you navigate the tumultuous roads by getting to the heart of the matter with the young football players themselves. Birminology shows who the young men being recruited by Ohio State truly are — by talking to them. Today’s guest: 4-star athlete Cameron Martinez, one of the top athletes in the country.

Cameron Martinez received his first scholarship offer before he ever played a snap of high school football.

Three years after getting that opportunity from Central Michigan, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound athlete from Muskegon (Mich.) is slowly starting to emerge as one of the country’s most complete football prospects. It’s been a long road for Michigan’s ninth-ranked 2020 player but one that he’s enjoyed every step of the way.

As a true freshman at Muskegon Catholic Central High School, Martinez led the Crusaders to a 35-6 win state championship. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound 2020 prospect was too much for defenses that year, running around Division 8 defenses en route to that title victory and set himself up as a player to watch in Michigan.

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Ohio State target Cameron Martinez is a hot commodity on the recruiting trail. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

After his sophomore season, Martinez left the Crusaders program with the goal of further challenging himself by making the leap to Division 3 and the Muskegon Big Reds. In his first year at Muskegon, Martinez earned a number of All-State honors and state Player of the Year awards after racking up almost 2,600 yards on the ground and 38 touchdowns while throwing for another 13 scores and almost 700 yards passing.

He may have started at a small school. But now with almost 25 scholarship offers from places like Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State, Martinez is being seen nationally the same way he’s been regarded locally. How has that change in attention changed his approach to recruiting? Why does a kid from Michigan like the Buckeyes as much as he does? What’s going to happen from here?

Find out the answers to those questions and more in the latest episode of Birminology on Lettermen Row.


Birm is Lettermen Row's Director of Recruiting and the site's primary Ohio State sports photographer. A Toledo, Ohio native, Jeremy has been in similar roles for and and has been covering the Buckeyes for seven years.

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