Sports Illustrated released their All-American candidates this past week. Over a thousand made the cut and the crew made scouting reports for each one of them.
One of the recruits talented enough to be on the list was the CU Buffs' newest commit Tyas Martin.
Martin was originally committed to Virginia Tech but decommitted in late June. He racked up offers from schools all over the country.
With the 6-foot-3, 320-pound frame, his upside on the defensive line is clear.
Here's the full profile from SI All-American:
Prospect: Tyas Martin
Projected Position: Defensive Tackle
Status: SI All-American Candidate
Vitals: 6-foot-3, 318 pounds
School: Jacksonville (Ark.)
Schools of Interest: Colorado, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, Alabama, Mississippi State, Texas and Baylor among others
Frame: Massive. Rare width across shoulders and chest. Thick, relatively solid midsection. Big, developing thighs and trunk. Already huge, but plenty of room for additional muscle.
Athleticism: Natural power. Moves very well for player his size. Good feet in short areas. Impressive burst from a three-point stance. Lacks long speed, but fast enough to pursue down LOS.
Instincts: Much more than a mauler, and knows it. Equally comfortable plugging at point of attack as penetrating into the backfield. Capable of taking on double teams, diagnosing, then shedding to the ball.
Polish: Impressive pop off the ball. Makes consistent effort to play with low base; film exists of him ducking under double team to the quarterback. Advanced arm usage and hand-fighting skills. Flashes pass-rush tools, but mostly falls back to bull.
Bottom Line: Martin de-committed from Virginia Tech in June, and the Hokies’ loss could prove Colorado's major reward. Prospects of his sheer size and movement ability are few and far between. Projects as a multi-year starter at 0-1 technique, with NFL potential if further training and conditioning maximize raw athletic traits.
BuffsCountry analysis: He may remind a lot of CU fans of Javier Edwards although Martin likely has a higher ceiling. He can improve his pad level, which when Edwards improved that going into his senior season, he turned into a dominant defensive lineman. Martin does a really nice job of splitting double teams and isn't afraid to go up against multiple offensive linemen. This is a guy that could come in and immediately help CU at his frame although I think it would do both parties good to develop him for at least a season. He has all the tools and from what we've been told, has the work ethic as well. Martin has the ability to become an NFL Draft pick.