Duke Commit Named Preseason AA

Ross Martin (Martin)

Ross Martin, a Blue Devil commit, was named a High School All-American this week.

2012 Duke commit, Kicker, Ross Martin, (Walsh Jesuit High School, Cuyahoga Falls, OH) was selected and named as a 2012 Under Armour All-American by Kohl's Kicking and ESPN.

Martin competed this past weekend in the 2011 Kohl's National Invitational Scholarship Kicking Camp in Whitewater, Wisconsin. This year's "invitation-only" camp had record-breaking attendance, attracting more than 400 of the country's most talented high school kickers and punters from all over the United States and beyond, all competing to improve their skills as specialists and earn a prestigious spot in the 2012 Under Armour All-America Game. Martin had an outstanding and very consistent camp performance in field goals, kickoffs, and punting. At the camp's conclusion and award ceremony, he was selected by the Kohl's coaching staff and ESPN as a 2012 Under Armour All-American.

Martin is now committed to play, as one of the nation's top two kickers, in the upcoming 2012 Under Armour All-America Game at Tropicana Field this January in St. Petersburg, Florida. Team practices will be hosted earlier in the week at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando.

For your reference, posted below is the link to the ESPN / Kohl's National Camp recap article announcing the selection of Ross Martin as a 2012 Under Armour All-American.

Martin, is currently listed as a 5-Star Kicker by top national recruiting and ranking services for specialists including, Kohl's Kicking, Chris Sailer Kicking, and Kornblue Kicking. He's nationally-ranked as the # 1 Class of 2012 Kicker in the country by Kornblue Kicking and as the # 2 Kicker in the Nation by Chris Sailer Kicking. After a record-breaking season and being the leading point scorer for the Walsh Jesuit Warriors (7-3) during his junior season, Martin was selected and named to the Associated Press first-team All-State and first-team All-District teams. Rivals, OhioVarsity and ScoutingOhio all list Martin as the # 1 ranked Kicker in Ohio. The Cleveland Plain Dealer picked Martin and recognized his accomplishments by naming him as an elite 2010 Plain Dealer All-Star (the top 26 players, all positions, all divisions). For the 2010 season, Martin converted 34 of 34 PAT's extending his career total to 44 for 44, he made 8 field goals, 3 of which were from distances greater than 40 yards (Long of 46), and more than 75% of his kickoffs went into or out of the end zone for touchbacks. Martin said " In practice, my longest field goal off-the-ground is 65 yards and I actually won the field goal competition last year at Chris Sailer's Annual "Top 12 Camp" in Los Angeles by making a 62 yard competition-winning field goal, "

Martin was offered a scholarship and gave his firm commitment to Duke's head football coach, David Cutcliffe, on June 24th while in Durham, NC. "Coach Cutcliffe and his staff are doing an amazing job at rebuilding and energizing all facets of the Duke football program and have the Blue Devils well-positioned as one of the fastest rising teams in the ACC. I'm excited about the opportunity to be an important part of this and I look forward to being a highly consistent point scorer and impact specialist early on for the Duke Blue Devils " said Martin. Before selecting and committing to Duke, Martin had also received multiple offers from other BCS and Ivy League Schools including, Texas, Northwestern, Pitt, Rutgers, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Kent State, Harvard, Cornell, Penn, Columbia, and Dartmouth.

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