Cal Football: Justyn Martin Goes National After Big Weekend
The 2022 4* Cal QB commit, for better or worse, is getting some eyeballs
Across the nation, Justyn Martin earned some major praise from bloggers and college football programs after Steve Clarkson’s QB Retreat this past weekend.
Greg Biggins, the 247Sports analyst who’s most in-the-know with West Coast recruits, listed the 2022 Cal QB commit (4*) as one of the top performers at the Retreat. It’s the type of news that Cal fans are gushing over, thinking of Martin throwing bombs to J.Michael Sturdivant and Jermaine Terry in a few years.
"This was the best we've ever seen Martin throw and he was arguably among the top 3-4 quarterbacks for the weekend,” said Biggins. “There has never been a question about Martin's potential and his ceiling is very high. He looks good mechanically and has tightened his release. He has a smooth, easy delivery and the ball jumps out of his hand. He's a plus athlete who made a lot of nice off-platform throws and if he can continue to improve in his ability to process the game and play with poise under duress, the sky's the limit [emphasis added]."
It’s possible that, this weekend, Martin met up with Chase Garbers in-person. Garbers was a counselor at the Retreat, something he’d also done in 2019.
Martin told Biggins in that interview that Cal remains his “number one school” and that he’s “still committed.” He mentioned that he has a great relationship with offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave and that he loves both the school and his fit within the program.
Martin did hedge his commitment a bit, however. He stated that the COVID-19 pandemic shut down all recruitment for a year and that, with the restart of official visits, he hopes to “fulfill his recruitment.”
Just before the Retreat, Martin tweeted out “Michigan Offered [sic].”
He told Biggins that Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh personally called Martin to let him know about the offer. Martin also told Biggins that he’s “considering” taking a visit out there. The Sports Illustrated Michigan fansite, Wolverine Digest, also reports that Martin is planning on dropping a new “top list” in the near future.
Martin has publicly remained committed to Cal, liking a pro-Cal tweet from @NYCGOBEARS earlier on Tuesday in response to reports that he was taking an unofficial visit to Michigan State.
A Rivals reporter, sourcing a marketing group named Premium Sports, did tweet that Martin is planning on taking that unofficial visit to Michigan State.
Martin has previously appeared on Premium Sports’ Twitter account for promotional purposes and also played on their 7v7 team in February.
Premium Sports calls itself “a training and marketing team dedicated to athletic development.”
He's a great talent and one that would look great in Blue and Gold. Let's hope he leverage's all of this exposure to bring some more talent with him!
I do think that Martin is pretty committed to Cal (and he's the best QB we've had coming in since Goff). I'm not entirely sure what this "Premium Sports" is and what it's trying to stir up with Martin. Martin is visiting Berkeley the weekend of the 19th, so we'll probably hear something then.