You would think that right after a quarterback's senior season, they would be old enough to get offered or have no trouble finding a collegiate program to play for.
But in the case of Darrik Martin, he has this rare backdrop:
The former Golden Valley-Bakersfield quarterback had a strong senior year, but that was good enough to get him at Kiski Prep--a school all the way in Pennsylvania.
This was all because Martin was deemed too young for the next level. He was not even 17 when he played his senior year at Golden Valley. According to his father, schools shied away from him due to Martin's youthful age.
On top of that, the advice for Martin to go to PA was through Penn State University.
Martin, despite being far away from home, seems to be doing just fine over out east now. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound quarterback has emerged as a top pocket passer in that region thanks to his play in the spread offense.
He already has excellent size and an arm. His release is quick, which is perfect for the spread. His play-action ability, though, is what's making him emerge as a potential pro style quarterback for a Division-I or Football Bowl Subdivision school. He can also move with his feet and burn the outsides on option keeper runs.
Martin actually drew the most interest from Penn State since he emerged in the Nittany Lions' backyard. But after the fallout from Happy Valley involving their sordid scandal, Martin's interest through Penn State has now dropped off.
He's yet to be offered, but has been in contact with the likes of Rutgers, Penn State, Akron, Cornell, Michigan and a "slew of Division-II and Division-III schools" according to his father. Continued progression could make him recognizable again, even back at his home state of California.
MORE ON MARTIN: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7yFZPHH4zs