July 27, 2009

Martin represents Madison Central in Dandy Dozen

It was pretty much a forgone conclusion that at least one of Madison Central's standout defensive linemen would be included on The Clarion Ledger's Dandy Dozen list of the top players in the state of Mississippi.

So to make things interesting, Carlton Martin and Bryon Bennett decided to make a little friendly wager on the deal. But it was Martin whose name was selected leaving Bennett the one who had to ante up on the bet.

"I was somewhat expecting it," Martin said of the Dandy Dozen selection. "I kind of knew it was going to be me or Bryon. We kinda had a bet on it. Now he's got to pay me two-dollars."

As of Wednesday at the Dandy Dozen photo shoot, Bennett had yet to pay up citing that Martin already owed him money.

The summer circuit has been busy for Martin having attended camps at Mississippi State, Tennessee and Alabama. This past weekend the 6-foot-2, 268-pounder made a return visit to Starkville for the Big Dawgs Camp on Friday night and ventured to Ole Miss on Saturday but did not participate in drills.

Martin feels that the Bulldogs are recruiting him as a defensive end but stated that he can play either end or tackle and did not have a preference which position he played in college.

The four-star recruit has been able to work firsthand with MSU defensive line coach David Turner at two camps this summer.

"He's pretty cool and I like him a lot," Martin said of Turner. "He's taught me a lot of stuff."

Martin is also building a strong relationship with the Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen, whom he met for the first time while attending the Maroon-White spring game.

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