Wake Forest Announces Addition of Collin Martin to Loaded 2012 Recruiting Class
March 27, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The 2012 recruiting class for Wake Forest men's soccer, already ranked among the top five classes in the country by several websites, picked up yet another highly-touted commitment on Tuesday, March 27 when Collin Martin committed to the Demon Deacons for the 2012 season.
The third-ranked player in the class of 2013 by College Soccer News and the lone high school junior to train with the U.S. Soccer U-20 squad in January, Martin will graduate from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Maryland one year ahead of schedule and will round out the Deacs' incoming class of eight players.
"What an exciting surprise that he's joining us a year early," said head coach Jay Vidovich. "That speaks volumes about the young man. Once again, he fits into the mold of what it takes to have success at Wake Forest. He is ambitious and a good student, but the bottom line is his talent is obvious. He's the youngest U-20 kid on the national team and that speaks volumes of him being able to compete with older players."
Martin, a top U.S. Soccer Development Academy player for U-18 coach Nolan Sheldon at D.C. United, was rated among the best 2013 prospects at his midfield position and scored 14 goals during his junior season at Bethesda-Chevy Chase on his way to First Team All-Met honors from the Washington Post.
"When I look at our teams that had success in the past, we had a tremendous amount of competition for starting time and I know Collin is a competitor and will push for a place in the line-up from the start as well as push our current players to improve," said Vidovich. "I think he's got some qualities that will help this team win."
For D.C. United, he was one of three midfielders named to the 2011 U-15/16 Development Academy Starting XI and had 13 goals in helping D.C. win the Mid-Atlantic Division. In 2011-12, Martin has four goals in eight matches with the U-17/18 team and has made appearances with the D.C. United MLS Reserve team - scoring the equalizer in a recent match against the New England Revolution first team defense.
A young player with impressive international credentials, Martin has stinted with the U-14, U-15 and U-17 United States sides as well as training last summer with the German club TSG Hoffenheim and in 2008 with Manchester United. He also joined current Wake Forest forward Sean Okoli in a January U-20 camp along with incoming freshman - and fellow D.C. United Academy player - Jalen Robinson.