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    Default Madonna's Josh Martin Gets National Attention

    From Yahoo! Sports (the article has also made its way to Bleacher Report):

    Hereís a riddle: Where does the 7-foot-2 offensive lineman set up on the line of scrimmage? Anywhere his coach wants him to. In the case of Madonna High (Weirton, W. Va.) senior Josh Martin, his coach wants him to dominate as a tackle on both sides of the ball, where he towers over all his foes.

    As far as Prep Rally can determine, Martin is easily the tallest offensive lineman of significance in the nation. In's database for the Class of 2014 there is just one other lineman on either side of the ball who reaches 6-foot-10 -- Cedar Rapids, Iowa offensive tackle Christian Ohrt -- which makes him a full four inches shorter than Martin. The Madonna senior was an all-state selection in 2012 and has received rumored interest from the likes of Nebraska, among other programs.

    Thereís good reason for that interest; 86 inches of it. While Martin is only listed at 290 pounds at the moment, thereís clearly room for him to grow into his sizable frame. As you can guess, Martin also competes on the Madonna basketball team, which has led to some truly unfair images like this one.

    In the meantime, the jumbo lineman clearly already a competitive streak, as evidenced by his active leadership role during his senior season at Madonna. That particularly rose to the surface during the teamís recent 22-17 victory (it was a wild one!) against Central Catholic High (Steubenville, Ohio).

    With Madonna quarterback Ross Comis struggling with a shoulder injury and the team trailing by 9 at halftime, Martin stepped forward to put his teamís on-field general at ease.

    "I gave him a hug and told him I got his back," Martin told the Weirton Daily Times. "He has the biggest heart on that field and it's an honor to play with him. I love him."

    At 7-foot-2, there may be a gaggle of college coaches who have yet to see Martin play falling in love with his potential as well. Comis may have explained why more succinctly than anyone else.

    "Josh just came up to me at halftime and said, 'I'll protect you.' Anytime you get a guy that's 7-foot tall in front of you, you feel pretty safe."
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    Congrats to Josh. He's a great kid. He really has grown in to his body this year and his coordination has improved immensely. Hopefully one of these college programs can pick him up and continue to work with him.

    Nice to see some positive national attention coming out of the OV

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    Congrats to this young man! I hope he makes it big!

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    Kong is famous!!!! And I find it hilarious every time he bangs his head off the chandelier in my hallway

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    7'2" just seems a bit too tall to play football at the next level. I wish the young man all the success in the world though, and I'm glad he's getting national attention.


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