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Houston Westside DE Martin Ifed

While we love bringing you a good portion of high school news and updates, we also want to feature some of the state's top athletes, while getting a quick look at what's the latest on the college recruiting front. Today, we feature Houston Westside defensive end Martin Ifedi. This is a TPI Premium article.

This was Martin Ifedi's year to shine.

And the Houston Westside defensive end he done nothing short of his best for the entire 2009 season. Let him tell it.

"This season is going just as I planned it over the summer. We are doing well," Ifedi said of the Wolves' 6-2 overall record and an undefeated District 20-5A record. "I have been consistent this year and have done what the coaches ask of me. I just do not want to let my teammates down and step up when I am supposed to."

Aside from the recent 4-22 win over Bellaire, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Ifedi has made more than just some impact on the Wolves defensive unit. The numbers don't lie.

For the year, Ifedi has 49 tackles, nine sacks and an interception return for touchdown.

This level of play has brought about exposure to several college recruiters. In fact after talking with Westside coach Mark Byrd after the win, there was a team that was looking to get in nearly on the spot.

"I know that Texas Southern has been interested and they (TSU coaches) were at the game. They have said before that they wanted to offer him," Byrd said.

After the recent interview with Ifedi, it was confirmed that TSU did indeed offer this week. But that is not all that is on the table.

"Stony Brook and Southern have also offered me," Ifedi said. "UTEP has been recruiting me hard as well, but not as hard as Stony Brook and Southern. Even Alabama A&M called and said that they wanted me and the quarterback (Otis Seals)."

Next the agenda for Ifedi is to try to visit both Stony Brook and UTEP. Also, schools like Baylor and Northwestern are showing some interest as well.

"I want to get up to New York and check out Stony Brook. I have not been to New York and would like to check it out," Ifedi said. "They are looking at me as a pass-rushing defensive end. Most schools want to me to play that position."

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