Posted: 5:04 pm Monday, January 13th, 2014

John I. Leonard WR Tavares Martin transfers to Dwyer 

By Anthony Chiang

Many of the offensive weapons that led Dwyer to its second state title in school history last season will not return in 2014.

But the Panthers added a wide receiver this week that should help them reload. Multiple sources confirmed ESPN 106.3′s report that 2015 John I. Leonard wide receiver Tavares Martin has transferred to Dwyer.

Martin, who is rated as a four-star prospect by 24-7 Sports, already has offers from schools like Florida State, Miami and Ohio State. The 6-foot-2, 165-pound athlete withdrew from John I. Leonard on Wednesday.

“The family has physically moved, so there wasn’t any illegal recruiting or anything,” Lancers athletic director Scott Siegel said.

“First day at DWYER was good. They got me feeling like a starrrr,” Martin tweeted Monday.

One of the reasons for Martin’s decision to transfer from John I. Leonard involved the state of the Lancers’ program. John I. Leonard coach Wayne Monroe resigned in November after a 1-9 season last year. The Lancers are still looking for a new head coach.

“The young man is a really gifted athlete,” Siegel said. “This year was very frustrating on his part. He played quarterback, wide receiver and he was all over. His senior season is coming up and we’re in transition. I wish him the best.”

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