The Kentucky Wildcats continued their march up the 2021 recruiting rankings over the holiday weekend as Mark Stoops and company picked up a big recruit from out of state.
By Steve Wright
Martez Thrower – a 3-star linebacker out of Wilcox County (Rochelle, Geo.) High School – is headed to Lexington after pledging to turn out for the Wildcats for his college career.
Thrower stands at 6-foot-1 and weighs 210-pounds, a number that will grow quickly as he adds to his frame in a college workout program. He is ranked as the No. 699 overall player in the class, the No. 42 OLB, and the No. 59 overall player in the state of Georgia. He picked the Wildcats over offers from schools like Arkansas, Nebraska, Mississippi State, and Georgia Tech.
The Wildcats recruited Thrower hard because the coaching staff loves his style of play. The most noticeable thing from his highlight package is that Thrower is a physical player, someone never afraid to step in and make a hit or take on a blocker to allow his teammates to get into position to make a tackle. Don’t be at all shocked to see Thrower put on muscle and be used as an inside linebacker in the Kentucky defensive scheme by the end of his career with the school.
The first few plays on the video show how good Thrower is at finding the ball carrier in traffic to make a stop. This is something every linebacker needs to do well, but Thrower is one of those players with unnatural vision and feel for where the point of attack is going to be. This allows him to often be in the hole before the ball carrier can make a move to get away. He is a tackle for a loss machine on the edge and his closing speed when getting into range to make a tackle is outstanding. A read and react player with sure tackling ability is a perfect fit for what Kentucky likes to do on the defensive side of the ball and Thrower will be an exciting addition to that unit in the future.