McDonogh 35 defensive end Sci Martin could announce his college destination as early as next week, his coach said Monday.
Martin, a three-star product from New Orleans, did not sign with a team on national signing day because of his mother’s medical condition, said McDonogh 35 coach Frank Daggs. Martin’s mother fell ill but has been released from the hospital, and the McDonogh star may make an announcement “early next week,” Daggs said.
At the latest, Martin will announce his college choice before the school breaks for Easter, the coach said. Easter is March 27.
LSU and TCU are seen as the top two favorites for Martin’s signature. He remains a TCU commit after pledging to the Horned Frogs on Dec. 9, but the Tigers have plenty of room for the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder.
LSU signed 23 prospects, including five mid-year enrollees, in the 2016 class. Two of those five mid-year enrollees are expected to count back to the 2015 class, leaving the Tigers with as many as four open spots in this year’s group. Teams are allowed to sign a maximum of 25 new scholarship players each year. They must sign them by May 31, according to NCAA rules.
Martin is one of many the Tigers are targeting to fill out the class.
LSU offered Holmes County Community College defensive end Josiah Coatney, 247Sports.com reported Monday. Coatney, a 6-5, 285 pounder, has offers from Alabama, Florida, Mississippi State and Ole Miss, according to 247Sports.com.
Coatney, a native of Douglasville, Ga., will visit South Carolina on March 19, the website reported. He finished with three sacks, 46 tackles and had an interception in his freshman season last year at Holmes. Coatney would have three years of eligibility at LSU.
LSU commitment Da’Monte Coxie, an East St. John receiver, is likely headed to junior college. He had planned to visit Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College earlier this month.
Meanwhile, several schools continue to hold scholarship spots for Martin, Daggs said. LSU and TCU are joined by Alabama and Texas, among others.
“All of them have a scholarship on the side for him,” Daggs said.
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