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Columbia High School QB Commits to Middlebury College

Jimmy Martinez

Columbia High School quarterback Jimmy Martinez has committed to play football at Middlebury College.

Martinez, who finished his Cougar career as a first-team All-Super Essex Conference selection, says the Division III liberal arts school in Vermont was the best fit for him academically as well as athletically.

“Middlebury is a place where I can get a great education and play football at a high level,” Martinez said. “They take both very seriously. That’s what I wanted.”

Jimmy Martinez Drop

Martinez, who considered mostly Ivy League and other top academic schools, first drew the attention of Middlebury coaches last summer at a Cornell University workout. He said they offered him the chance to compete for a starting spot immediately, most likely as a receiver, and to play for a consistent winner. Middlebury has a combined 20-4 record over the past three seasons.

At Columbia, Martinez played quarterback, wide receiver, defensive back and kick returner as a senior captain under first-year coach John Power.

While the Cougars finished 1-9, including some heartbreaking last-minute losses, Martinez had an outstanding individual season, piling up nearly 1,000 all-purpose yards, scoring 11 touchdowns and throwing two touchdown passes. In one game against Orange, Martinez pulled off the feat of rushing for a touchdown, throwing for a touchdown and catching a touchdown pass.

In addition to being a first-team All-Super Essex Conference pick from the Liberty Division, the 6′-2″, 175-pound Martinez was named by the New Jersey Football Coaches Association to its Super 100 team of the top high school seniors in the state.

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