A product of Notre Dame (Ariz.) Preparatory, the 6-5 210-pound Martinez chose Todd Graham’s Sun Devils over Stanford, California and Oregon State. He had offers from at least 12 other schools.
Born and raised in the Valley of the Sun and growing up an ASU fan, Martinez originally committed to Arizona State in June 2012. He visited the Tempe campus in January 2013.
On DevilsDigest.com, Martinez had commented, “Playing in front of family and friends was huge on my part. I just couldn’t pass on this opportunity to play at ASU. My dad actually went to ASU and I was born in Chandler. We used to go their games and that was the team I was rooting for every Saturday.”
Ranked by Scout.com as the nation’s No. 35 tight end in the 2013 class, Martinez was named first team all-region as a sophomore at Notre Dame Prep after catching 21 passes for 333 yards and two touchdowns. He was all-state and all-section as a junior, hauling in 36 passes for 411 yards and six touchdowns.
With its 62-26 defeat of the Navy Midshipmen in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Arizona State closed last year’s football season on a successful note. Under the hand of first-year head coach Todd Graham, the Sun Devils achieved an 8-5 record, won their first bowl game since 2005, and most importantly, set the stage for further achievements in the coming years.
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