The Road to the Dome tour continued this week with its latest batch of selections, highlighting some of the nation’s top prospects who will kick off the new year in San Antonio for the prestigious All-American Bowl.
Oregon engage Cole MartinChandler (Arizona) four-star cornerback Basha was among those announced Wednesday and it was a huge honor for the talented defenseman.
“It’s huge for me,” Martin told 247Sports. “My whole family has always been in the All-American Bowl, with guys like Darnay Holmes and bookmaker Radley-Hiles, Ceyair Wright and Larry TurnerGooden, playing in it before me. To have the opportunity to play in that same game and to have the opportunity to be associated with and fill those shoes is huge for me.
“To be able to be an early graduate, going to my school right after the game, it’s going to be great. It’s going to be a little introduction to what I’m going to get into. I can’t wait to get there. It’s going to be fun .”
Fans gather in San Antonio and around their televisions to watch the best of the best, in a preview of what they might expect from top recruits before they arrive at their respective campuses. It’s another aspect that really got Martin excited, the nation’s No. 165 prospect, No. 16 among cornerbacks and No. 2 at Arizona State for the Class of 2023, according to the 247Sports ranking.
“Day in and day out, you’re on a mission to prove yourself and show all the work you do,” Martin said. “To be able to have the opportunity to put this together on a massive platform is truly a blessing. Brandon Innis going to be up there and he’s someone who could be fun to go up against. I know Pierce Clarkson going to try to get some completions out of me in practice and i’m not going to let that happen. I’m excited to compete and build relationships with guys throughout the week.
On the recruiting front, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound prospect just wrapped up an official visit to Louisville but said he remains solid with his commitment to the Ducks.
“I feel really good with Oregon and right now they’re rolling,” Martin said. “I loved seeing how the team took the first loss on the chin; it was just a game and they are rolling now. Good teams have the ability to bounce back and the coaching staff has the spirit to be relentless, so as a commitment it’s nice to watch.
“I’m thinking of bringing a few more officials, maybe Arizona State and USC. It was good to see the Sun Devils change things up a bit with the coach Shaun Aguano take over and at USC it’s a coach Gives Williams who I have a great relationship with, so we’ll see if I succeed.
The All-American Bowl is the most-watched, most-discussed and high-profile high school all-star event each year with more than 4,500,000 unique viewers and more than 25,000 attendees, according to NBC Sports. Alums from the illustrious game include Odell Beckham Jr., Christian McCaffrey, Tim TebowDerrick Henry, Joe Thomas and Trevor Lawrence.
The Road to the Dome Tour will honor the 100 All-Americans with virtual jersey presentations during a 16-week series that will be released weekly on various NBC Sports digital and social platforms.
The All-American Bowl is to be played on Saturday, Jan. 7 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Stay tuned to 247Sports for the latest news, insights and analysis as prospects across all classes continue to sort out their top contenders throughout the season.