Taylor in high school:
Martinez was a dual-threat quarterback for Coach Matt Logan at Corona’s Centennial High School as a senior. Martinez passed for better than 3,000 yards and 28 touchdowns, and completed 61 percent of his passes. On the ground, Martinez added 750 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. His play helped Centennial to a perfect 15-0 season and a state championship, capped by a victory over De La Salle High, when Martinez threw for 243 yards.
Centennial finished No. 2 nationally in the USA Today’s final prep rankings. Martinez was named the Big VIII League’s Most Valuable Player and also earned the Los Angeles Times’ Glen Davis Player-of-the-Year Award. A first-team all-state selection, Martinez was the Inland Division Offensive Player of the Year, the Max Preps California Player of the Year and the Golden States Prep Southern California Offensive Player of the Year.
Martinez spent only one season at Centennial High School. As a junior, he quarterbacked San Bernadino Cajon High School and accounted for about 1,500 yards of total offense. He spent his freshman and sophomore years at Norco High, where he primarily played in the secondary. Martinez only visited Nebraska.
Taylor being recruited:
Martinez was a 3-star recruit with a scouts grade of 75. He did not have a position, and was placed in the ATHLETES category. He was ranked as the 106th best Athlete in the 2009 recruiting class.
Scouts Inc. Player Evaluations:
Martinez is a smooth, impressive athlete with great foot-quickness and ball skills. Play-making quarterback who does a good job distributing the football at the high school level but will most likely make the move to defensive back in college or an offensive skill position unless he lands in an option type offense. Shows great initial quicks and acceleration when he takes off with the football and projects to have the makeup-speed needed to recover versus faster slots at the next level. Displays the loose hips and fluidity needed to mirror in off-man and break down in space. A bit quicker than fast but still shows very good overall foot-speed and the range required to cover his deep zone as a high-point safety. His great athleticism, football instincts and ball skills make free safety a likely spot. Our main concern is his ability to play in the box and adjust to the increased physicality of the game at the next level. Has a slighter frame and lacks great size and strength needed to get over blocks running the alley and battle bigger receivers for positioning on pass defense. Will need tackling polish and work on diagnosing skills as well but is a savvy, natural athlete who should be able to make the transition to a different position at the next level. Explosive runner and remaining at quarterback in the right scheme is not out of the question. Very good athlete.
His father, Casey, played football at Iowa State
Aug 23, 2008 Huskers lure athlete Taylor Martinez out of Cali
Taylor Martinez committed to sign with Nebraska on Friday, ESPN’s Greg Biggins reports. He also visited Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Utah, Iowa State and UCLA before making his decision.
After touring Nebraska, Martinez was drawn to the facilities, down to earth coaching staff and impressive support from Husker nation fans.
Other reasons for the 6-foot, 176-pounder’s pledge were the smaller town atmosphere, strong tradition, academic offerings, opportunity to play for a great defensive mind (head coach Bo Pelini) and the possibility to play on either side of the ball for a team in search of a national title.
Taylor at Nebraska:
Martinez redshirted in his first season in the program and worked on the scout team in 2009.
This season, Western Kentucky: Became the first-ever NU freshman to start a season opener at QB..rushed for 127 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries, including a 46-yard TD on his first carry…his 127 yards were the most rushing yards by a Husker freshman QB (previous best was 108 by Eric Crouch in 1998) and first 100-yard rushing day by a Husker QB since 2003…his three TDs were the most by a NU freshman in a season opener…had rushes of 46 and 43 yards vs. WKU… completed 9-of-15 passes for 136 yards in totaling 263 yards of total offense. Idaho: Guided NU to a 38-17 victory with 263 yards of total offense…rushed for career-high 157 yards – the highest total by any Husker freshman since 1996 – and two TDs…scored on runs of 67 and 20 yards…completed 12- of-17 passes for 106 yards, including a 31-yard strike to Rex Burkhead. Washington: Earned Big 12 and national freshman-of-the-week honors after leading Nebraska to a 56-21 win at Washington, NU’s most points in a road non-conference game since 1986…accounted for 287 yards of total offense, the most ever by a Husker rookie QB, completing 7-of-11 passes for 150 yards and a 24-yard TD pass to Mike McNeill…eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark for the third straight game, going for 137 yards and three scores on 19 carries, scoring on runs of 80, 1 and 1 yards…his 80-yard run on the first play of the 2nd half was the longest ever by a Husker freshman. South Dakota State: Totaled 215 yards of offense, including 75 rushing yards, while completing 6-of-14 passes for 140 yards and a score. Kansas State: Guided a Nebraska offense which set a school record by averaging 11.288 yards per play (587 yards on 52 snaps) in a 48-13 win…named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week for the second time this season for his performance against Kansas State…broke NU records for total offense by a freshman (369 yards, previous record 294 by Calvin Jones at Kansas in 1991) and rushing yards by a quarterback (241 yards, previous record was 234 by Jammal Lord vs. Texas in 2002)…his 241 rushing yards was the eighth-best total in school history and the most by any Husker since Jones’ performance in 1991…collected his fourth 100-yard game this season as he rushed for four scores, including runs of 80 (career long), 35, 41 and 14 yards…completed 5-of-7 passes for 128 yards, including a 79-yard pass to Kyler Reed which was the longest pass play by a Husker since 2002 and the ninth-longest pass play in school history.