A second chip has fallen for the USC Trojans. Junior center Marcus Martin has declared for the 2014 NFL Draft, as he will forgo his fourth and final season at USC.
The Crenshaw High product announced his decision on Twitter this morning.
I will not be coming back next year Trojan family , I will be entering the 2014 NFL draft . #FightOn
— Marcus Martin (@ScreamMulahASAP) December 27, 2013
While at USC, Martin started 33 games. As a freshman in 2011, he was a first team Freshman All-American by multiple publications, including The Sporting News. He continued to play guard in 2012, and didn’t move to center until this past season. NFLDraftScout.com currently projects Martin to be the second best center in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Without Martin, the Trojans have a few options at center. Cyrus Hobbi and Max Tuerk both have experience at the position, with Hobbi starting at Stanford in 2012 and Tuerk starting last spring as the favorite to win the job after the graduation of Khaled Holmes.
Then there’s Khaliel Rodgers and Toa Lobendahn. Both players will be freshmen in 2014 and have been projected as centers at the collegiate level. Rodgers redshirted in 2013 as a true freshmen, while Lobendahn is a 2014 mid-year enrollee, arriving on campus next month. Both should provide competition to Hobbi and Tuerk this spring, in addition to position battles at guard with the likes of Aundrey Walker and Jordan Simmons.