Ohio State football | Cameron Martinez, Michigan high school Player of the Year, commits to Buckeyes

Bill Rabinowitz

Not even a holiday can slow Ohio State’s recruiting roll.

Cameron Martinez, the 2018 Michigan high school Player of the Year, became the latest commitment to the Buckeyes’ burgeoning 2020 recruiting class on Thursday.

Martinez is the fifth Ohio State commitment in the last week and 18th overall to the Buckeyes’ 2020 recruiting class, which ranks fourth nationally.

Martinez plays quarterback for Muskegon High School, but is considered a wide receiver/hybrid or defensive back in college. Bucknuts recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic expects him to play safety at Ohio State.

“They told him it’s your choice,” Kurelic said. “They love him on both sides of the ball.”

Martinez also is a potential kick returner.

The 6-foot, 195-pound Martinez is listed as a three-star prospect in the 247sports composite rankings, but 247sports itself ranks him as a four-star player.

“Just a really talented, versatile athlete,” Kurelic said. “Good speed, very athletic, good size to either play safety or receiver. I think he has the ability to be an outstanding.”

Martinez transferred last year to Muskegon from Muskegon Catholic Central. In 2018, he ran for 2,316 yards (10.4 per carry) and 36 touchdowns. He threw only 54 times, completing 30 for 632 yards and 11 touchdowns with one interception, according to

Martinez had 28 scholarship offers, including ones from Michigan and Michigan State.

“I think Ohio State just recruited him harder than the other schools,” Kurelic said. “He had a great unofficial visit and then official visit. (Defensive co-coordinator) Jeff Hafley and (wide receivers coach) Brian Hartline are the two guys who recruited him for Ohio State. It’s hard to beat those two guys. They are spectacular recruiters and a heck of a duo to recruit you.”


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