Meet Josh Martin—an all-state lineman and quite possibly the most massive high school football player in America.
A senior offensive lineman at Madonna High in Weirton, W.Va., Martin stands at 7’2”, according to Cameron Smith of Yahoo! Sports.
One of the beauties of having a player with Martin’s strength and size is being able to line him up wherever you need him. Smith’s report details that Madonna’s coach puts his big man wherever he needs someone protected or thrown out of the way.
Better still is the fact that Martin isn’t just a big body taking up space, something he proved by being a second team all-state selection in 2012.
The Weirton Madonna Blue Dons (that’s an awesome team name) have gone 26-10 with Martin on the team. He may not score touchdowns, but he does his part to protect, pull and push the team to victory.
In one of Madonna’s recent come-from-behind victories, Martin made his presence felt by providing quarterback Ross Comis with probably the most essential thing you can give a young athlete: confidence.
Comis had suffered a shoulder injury and was facing a nine-point deficit to overcome in the second half. After heading into the locker room for halftime, Martin approached his quarterback and promised he would have his back.
"Josh just came up to me at halftime and said, ‘I’ll protect you.'" Comis told the Weirton Daily Times. "Anytime you get a guy that’s 7-foot tall in front of you, you feel pretty safe."
The Blue Dons went on to win the game 22-17 and remain undefeated for the season. As for Martin, he’s reportedly receiving interest from multiple programs, including Nebraska.
It should come as no surprise, however. Who wouldn’t want such a big man with a heart to match?
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