When it comes to recruiting, late is always better than never.
That is the case with elite three-star pass-rusher Sci Martin, who announced his commitment to LSU on Monday more than a month removed from National Signing Day.
Martin, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound weakside defensive end out of McDonogh 35 Senior High School (New Orleans), pledged to the in-state Tigers over SEC West rival Alabama and TCU.
The state’s No. 26 prospect in the Class of 2016 had been committed to the Horned Frogs dating back to December, but opted not to sign his letter of intent last month.
Martin’s decision came after taking official visits to both LSU and Alabama in January, and subsequently receiving in-home visits from Tigers coach Les Miles and Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban in the week leading up to signing day.
After his official visit to Baton Rouge, La., Martin told SEC Country that LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron expressed a high level of interest in keeping the highly-touted defensive end in his home state.
“They need me there,” Martin told SEC Country. “(Coach Orgeron) was explaining why they need me. They see me rushing off the edge. (I would fit in) pretty well.”
However, despite the praise, he reiterated that LSU remained his No. 2 option behind TCU two weeks before signing day.
During his senior season, Martin broke the longstanding McDonogh 35 sack record with 33.5.
Martin will be the seventh defensive linemen and fourth defensive end in LSU’s 2016 class.
What it means: First-year defensive coordinator Dave Aranda will now have yet another new toy to play with as he puts his touch on the LSU defense.
Martin boasts both good strength and quickness to get off the edge and get after opposing quarterbacks. He has an effective swim move and can bully opposing tackles to penetrate at the line of scrimmage.
The New Orleans native lined up on the edge both as a stand-up rusher and in a three-point stance, meaning Aranda could decide to use Martin to fill out LSU’s depth chart at either defensive end or outside linebacker, a greater position of need.