Recruiting/Player Profile: Owen Martin/St. Anthony Village (2020)
With this Northstar Football News recruiting profile, we head over to St. Anthony to chat with another 2020 NFN prospect that is Owen Martin who plays free safety and wide receiver alongside , another Huskie great we featured earlier this season in a…
With this Northstar Football News recruiting profile, we head over to St. Anthony to chat with another 2020 NFN prospect that is Owen Martin who plays free safety and wide receiver alongside , another Huskie great we featured earlier this season in a recruiting profile. We chatted with Martin about his season with the Huskies, what’s on his recruiting trail, and much more.
Owen Martin, Class of 2020 (Senior), Captain
Position: Free Safety/Wide Receiver
High School Program: St. Anthony Village
Get to Know Owen Martin
Martin is a senior captain for the Huskies this season in which he played multiple positions on both sides of the ball such as; wide receiver, free safety, long snapper and all over on special teams. What Martin is known for is his energy on the field, his leadership skills, his hustle on every play and the way he flys around the field to make key plays. His strengths on the field are the reads he makes both offensively and defensively, as well as his game situation awareness which is something he is stong with. He also is a grinder, and never leaves the field during games this season.
Best Parts About Free Safety/Wide Receiver
With free safety, Martin told Northstar Football News that his favorite part is “controlling the defense and making sure our defense is lined up correctly”. His Huskies coaches would make Martin spy on their opponent’s top receiver. His other fun parts of playing safety are his downhill play which led to a lot of tackles and his ability to make open-field tackles got very strong as well. As for the wide receiver, Martin enjoyed how you have the freedom to get open and create your own routes. The second to none favorites Martin loves about the wide receiver position is catching a deep ball or juking a defender out of their shoes.
Martin has one offer on the table he received last week from the University of Jamestown an NAIA school in Jamestown, North Dakota. He said he’s also gotten interest from Northern State (SD), University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Minnesota-Moorhead and Northwestern (MN).
Improvement from the Off-Season by Martin
Playing the game slowly and staying deep on routes were two things St. Anthony Village coaches told Martin to work on this season. in his 7 vs. 7 leagues with Potenza Sports, Martin worked on slowing down his backpedal while going deep with his eyes on the quarterback. Martin put in countless hours in 7 vs. 7, working out, Huskies summer training, and training with friends to improve on those two skills. After his junior season, Martin was disappointed to not be named as captain of the Huskies, but that put a big chip on his shoulder to work even harder. Once summer camp started before this season, Martin’s coaches brought him into their office and told him they’ve never seen someone work as hard as he did and improve so much through one offseason. in that same meeting, Martin got his wish and was named team captain of the Huskies for his senior season.
Martin credited two people as mentors to him on the football field. The first one is his offensive coordinator, Luke Tressel who Martin has known since his freshman year of summer camp with the Huskies. He calls Tressel a “second father to him” with the outstanding bond they’ve created in these four years. Another mentor is former NFL cornerback John Swain who Martin got to know when Swain did a free football camp at St. Anthony Village High School. Swain has given Martin plenty of advice about his game and he is a current mentor is giving Martin college connections to play at the next level.
Biggest Things Owen Learned About Himself This Season
Owen learned this season that sports are much more than just playing in games, it taught him how to be a leader, a role model and someone people look up to in the community. Football made Martin cherish the “little things” as in working hard no matter what, taking practice as serious as games. Enjoying the little moments like going out to eat after games, locker room talks, captain practices, etc. The bonds created with his Huskies coaching staff and all his wonderful teammates gives Martin the best answer to this question I have ever heard when doing a player report for Northstar Football News. Thanks Owen Martin!