Friday, March 22, 2013
By Chris Sokoloski
Georgetown High School’s Dustin Martin signed to play football at Limestone College on Wednesday.
“It means a lot more than I can express in words,” Martin said. “Just going to college and playing the game I love and spending the next four years doing something I enjoy.”
“Dustin is a leader,” Georgetown coach Bradley Adams said. “He was a leader of our offense and one of the biggest leaders on our football team. Whenever his mouth would open people would listen. They [did] that because of the way Dustin carries himself.”
Martin’s leadership extends off the field, and inside and outside of school, Adams added.
“You can do nothing but speak volumes of a young man like that.”
Martin admits to being not as dedicated as he should have been, especially in the weight room, during his freshman year.
“Then I realized what it would take to be a winner and I started being dedicated, didn’t miss a workout, didn’t miss anything,” he said. “I was there every day.”
Before he junior year he started thinking about playing football in college and decided, “I can do it, take it to the next level.”
That recommitment really took roots before his senior season.
“Dustin worked extremely hard this past year to get himself in playing shape,” Adams said. “He spent a lot of time in the off-season working to get his body in the best possible playing shape he could get it in.”
Adams said Martin really worked on his flexibility and movement.
Limestone won’t start playing football until 2014, and Martin joins Bulldogs’ quarterback Caleb Hughes in the inaugural class of recruits.
Martin and Hughes have been playing football together since seventh grade and are close friends.
“Going through the process with him will be fun,” Martin said. “We’ll [all] get to know each other, work out and get bigger, faster, stronger and then be ready for the season when it starts.”
Adams said Martin and Hughes will have the “huge” advantage of having a year to adjust to college before having to play football.
“Anybody who’s coming from high school to college, it’s a learning experience. Not just football-wise, but the organizational skills it takes to be successful in college.”
Martin wants to major in education at Limestone and eventually be a teacher and football coach.
Martin is the fifth Bulldog to sign a college scholarship in the last six weeks, joining Hughes, Anthony Blair, A.J. Walker and Dillon Alford.