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Crusaders' Martinez selects Florida State


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Tampa Catholic senior offensive lineman Corey Martinez, one of the top players in the nation, announced Wednesday night on ESPNU his verbal commitment to Florida State.

Martinez made the announcement from Portland as part of "The Opening," a national showcase sponsored by Nike and aired on ESPNU.

"Ever since I got there, my freshman year I went to their football camp, I really fell in love with them and what they're doing over there," Martinez said. "They've always been my dream school since I was little, so committing here has been a blessing to me."

Martinez was among the nation's top college prospects featured on the show, which aired three consecutive nights starting Monday. The show followed the college football recruits as they competed and trained.

Martinez's other finalists, according to ESPN, were Miami, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and LSU.

Martinez, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound four-star recruit, is the No. 15 offensive guard in the nation, according to ESPN. Martinez received more than two dozen college offers and was a Tribune All-Hillsborough County first-team selection.

Also at "The Opening," Plant City senior offensive lineman Montel McBride announced his verbal commitment to two-time defending national champion Alabama.

McBride, rated one of the top guards in the nation, also had offers from, among others, South Florida, Florida State and Louisville. The 6-4, 349-pounder was a Tribune All-Hillsborough County honorable mention selection as a junior.

Finally, East Lake receiver Artavis Scott, also competing at "The Opening," on Tuesday announced his verbal commitment to Clemson.

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