Notre Dame Football Recruiting

2020 ATH Cameron Martinez Excited For Notre Dame Return

November 8, 2018

When Cameron Martinez‍ camped at Notre Dame back in the summer, the Irish asked him to stay on the field for a little bit at the end, so they could get a longer look at him.

Notre Dame has since had the opportunity to see even more of the 2020 Michigan athlete on film this fall and it seems their interest remains piqued.

“I was talking to the Director of Recruiting, Mr. (Aaryn) Kearney,” Martinez explained. “I think they saw my midseason highlights and things moved quickly from there. They asked for my transcripts and said they wanted to get me down. They wanted to get me down earlier in the season and I couldn’t.”

But the Irish gave him a list of games for the rest of the season and the 5-foot-10, 180-pound junior was able to make this Saturday’s game against Florida State work.

Martinez, who already has offers from schools like Northwestern, Indiana, Boston College, Kentucky and Syracuse among many more, is looking forward to getting back to Notre Dame.

“I really like it in terms of the faith part of the school, I feel like that’s big for me,” Martinez said. “It’s big for me because it’s hard to get that side of a school and then that type of education along with a program that can compete for a national title. As we’re all starting to see now – they’re undefeated and a legit playoff contender. I feel like that’s a school that can be like that every year while having all of those extra benefits. It’s great.”

He’s hoping to see more of the school than he was able to during his first trip.

“I just want to see the gameday atmosphere because I haven’t been there for a game so far,” he said. “I really haven’t seen much of the campus at all. I just want to meet more of the coaches and just engage in more conversation and get a better feel for the coaching staff and go from there.”

Martinez made stops at Michigan and Northwestern earlier this fall and could make his way out to Syracuse later.

Prior to the season, Martinez transferred from Muskegon Catholic Central High School to Muskegon High School, where he’s shined at quarterback this season.

“It’s actually been easier than people made it out to be or said it would be,” he said. “I’m now playing at the winningest program in the state. It was a little different with the passing game, the coverages are a lot different, but running-wise, it was easy. I had my best career day running my first game there. That was fine.”

At Notre Dame’s camp, he worked out at receiver before the Irish put him through some defensive back drills at the end.

“A lot of the SEC schools are recruiting me as a safety, I’ve been hearing a lot about safety,” Martinez said. “A lot of receiver too, that’s what I started to hear first from most schools. Actually, a little quarterback too. A lot of schools aren’t counting out quarterback.”

He said he doesn’t have a preference.

“I think each position has different things I like. I like having the ball, but then I like defense, closing in on people and making plays in the running game to change the game.”

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