The Broncos ’25 OG/DL is only going up from here
Lovell Martin played, upfront on offense, in 14-games for the commonwealth’s premier program, right now, at any level of competition. Martin, athletically and skill-wise, appears more likely to play along an offensive front in college and possesses the ability, should he work hard and take to coaching, to becoming among the best interior OL guys in Kentucky’s rising junior class.HB Lyon, Scouting Division, KPGFootball
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Frederick Douglass is the premier program fielding a high school football team, at any level, in Kentucky presently. They have just completed a 15-0, 5A championship season which would see the team pretty much run every one of its opponents off the field. They do this by amassing and developing the commonwealth’s premier playing talent.
Martin is built similarly to many 5’10,” 260-pound, low pad level guys we have seen thrive along the trenches many, many times over the course of our high school football coverage. Martin’s bench press isn’t where it will shortly be, but he is squatting 365-pounds presently and power cleaning a cool 210. Add about 40-50 pounds to his 250-pound bench-press and now we’re talking.
Martin’s offense unit, at Douglass this past year, was among the commonwealth’s more balanced and prolific. The rushing and passing games both were over 2,000-yards in production and each contributed mightily to the teams 76-scored TD’s and 611-scored points (while only allowing 70).
The team was particularly good at getting down hill on opposing defenses in the power run scheme. The Broncos scored 48-rushing TD’s in ’22 while adding 28-TD’s through the air.
Martin is built for run-blocking. If you look at his frame, one can imagine him digging defenders out of holes this coming season. Martin works hard at pass blocking but his lack of height and length will have to be offset with athleticism and “really good feet,” both of which the coaches for the Broncos are working hard to develop.
We see Martin as a OL, next level. We definitely see a “next level” for him too as he is well put together, capable of playing with a low pad-level, and is quick and explosive enough to both pass-block and get downfield and cover up defenders in space.
We have awarded this to Martin as we can’t fathom how any one student athlete could have any more potential, going forward, as Martin has for his Broncos from Frederick Douglass. On this basis, Mingua Beef Jerky and we decided this talented and accomplished ’25 OL could use a bolt of protein and a sweet T-shirt. The company volunteered to send that to him, straight away.
Join us next week as we return to honor another weekly prize winner. Until then, pop some Mingua Beef Jerky in your mouth and savor the quality and flavor which sets it apart from all the competition. Remember, our product is superior and one of a kind; just like Frederick Douglass’s, Lovell Martin.
This is Fletcher W. Long reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE and don’t forget to SAVOR THE FLAVOR!