BRADENTON, Fla. — The LSU coaches have made routine visits to IMG Academy since the spring, so it should come as no surprise that one of the program’s first offers in September went to the Ascenders’ top running back.
Asa Martin, a 4-star running back in the 2018 class, landed an offer from LSU during the evaluation period in September. It immediately made an impression on Martin, the 6-foot, 193-pounder who is rated as the No. 11 running back among junior prospects.
How so? The Tigers already have sneaked into Martin’s top three.
“Ole Miss, LSU and Tennessee are probably the top schools where I’m looking at right now,” Martin told SEC Country.
The 4-star running back was supposed to visit LSU for the Ole Miss game, but there was some difficulty making travel plans along with his family, which resides in Alabama.
Instead, he’ll try to make his way to Baton Rouge for the first time after his junior season.
Going to Louisiana has been a godsend for Martin, at least thus far. After all, he was in Shreveport, La., for the “Battle on the Border” earlier this fall when he procured the offer from LSU.
“It was great,” Martin said of the offer. “I was in Louisiana, too. I didn’t really talk to them (the LSU coaches) because I was going to get ready to play the game, but I (direct messaged) coach (Jabbar) Juluke and he said, ‘You earned it.’ We are definitely talking a lot more, DMing on Twitter and getting to know one another and strengthening our relationship.”
Like many running backs, Martin is a fan of the LSU offense — at least of the dominant rushing attack spearheaded by Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice, which has remained a theme under interim head coach Ed Orgeron and offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger.
That’s one of the prerequisites for cracking his top three. Even though LSU is experimenting with the passing game a bit more, the offense has not strayed from its bread and butter. Martin has two notable teammates who have been sure to remind him of it since he landed the offer.
“That’s a big offer coming from a big SEC school,” Martin said. “They have a big tradition of running the ball a lot. I see a lot of improvement on offense, they’re spreading it out a lot more and running the ball, so I love the offense and that they’re running the ball more. And Jhamon (Ausbon) and Grant (Delpit) are going there, so that’s definitely a plus.”
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