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West Michigan football players prepare to play at D1 schools on national signing day

Forest Hills Eastern senior Luke Brenner will play at the University of Dayton and Muskegon senior Cameron Martinez will play at The Ohio State University.

MICHIGAN, USA — High school athletes nationwide participated in national signing day Wednesday, including two West Michigan football players who have committed to continue their football careers at Division 1 universities. 

Forest Hills Eastern wide receiver Luke Brenner will play football at the University of Dayton and Muskegon quarterback Cameron Martinez will play football at The Ohio State University. 

Brenner officially signed on early signing day on Dec. 18, 2019, but he said he's been dreaming about the day closely watched by high school and college football fans for years. 

"I've actually had national signing day as a reminder [in the notes of my phone] since the eighth grade. It's been a dream of mine to play college football and it's really exciting to see these dreams come true," Brenner said. 

The crown jewel of the West Michigan 2020 football class in a neighboring conference, Cameron Martinez, also said Wednesday was a dream come true. 

"I'm officially a Buckeye. So now the next journey is about to start. I'm just getting ready for it and I'm grateful. It's all been a blessing," Martinez said.

Martinez's original commitment to the school wavered around the early signing period, but a recent meeting with the new Buckeye's defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs helped him make up his mind. 

He said he's happy the recruiting phase is over. He received offers from nearly every school in the Big Ten, including longtime OSU rival and home-state school, the University of Michigan. He also received an offer from Michigan State University. In total, 27 schools offered him a spot on their football teams. 

Martinez will join the OSU freshman football class with another Michigander, Grant Toutant, an offensive tackle at De La Salle Collegiate High in Warren. 

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