Sports | May 29, 2019 8:12 am

Eighth-Grader Has Two Offers From Division I College Football Teams

Cole Martin's father is a college cornerbacks coach and former player

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An eighth-grader is getting offers from colleges. (Tim Warner/ Getty)
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Arizona eighth-grader Cole Martin hasn’t walked the halls of a high school yet, but that’s not stopping college football programs from making him an offer to sign with them.

The incoming high school freshman quarterback has racked up offers from Florida Atlantic University and Nevada, USA Today reported — both D-I schools.

“It’s humbling,” the 5-foot-9, 160-pound young man said. “I’m happy I got there. I’m blessed. It just tells me to keep working, because I have a long time before I have to make that decision, where I’m going to go to college.”

Martin’s genes may have played a role in his talents developing at such a young age; his father, Demetrice Martin, who was brought on to be the new cornerbacks coach at the University of Arizona last year, was a stud corner at Michigan in 1990.

But he’s not the only kid on his high school campus with an athletic father. His good friend Brenden Rice is looking forward to catching passes from Martin — and keeping his attitude in check.

“That’s my little brother,” said Rice, the son of NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice. “He’s a stubborn little person,” he joked, “we’ll get him right.”

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