Younger players often hold more value in the professional ranks in soccer, and Martin wanted to increase his opportunities. So going into his junior year, Martin signed up for an extra English course so that he could graduate early.
The 17-year-old will finish high school this spring, and after entertaining some thoughts about heading overseas, Martin opted instead to sign a year early with Wake Forest. He’ll start in Winston-Salem next fall.
“I think that I can always definitely go back overseas after I go to college,” Martin said. “I definitely have that as an option a little bit later. For my family and I, getting an education in college is important to me.”
Martin, who trained overseas with English power Manchester United in 2008 and German club Hoffenheim last summer, will join another top local prospect, Jalen Robinson, at Wake Forest. Both play in the D.C. United Academy and have been in the U.S. youth national pool.
During his junior season at B-CC, Martin had 14 goals and 7 assists. In February, Martin was the youngest participant in the U.S. under-20 camp and D.C. United has been keeping an eye on his development. Martin participated in a scrimmage with D.C. United’s first team a few weeks ago and Martin has participated in reserve league games, as well.
“I’ve been speaking with [United GM Dave Kasper] and our academy director Sonny Silooy, they’ve been looking after me,” Martin said. “They loved the development I’ve been making. They said they’re going to keep eye out for me and hopefully I can get some time in reserve games this spring.”