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New football commit, new hoops assistant


Canyon Del Oro High senior Blake Martinez became the 10th member of the 2012 recruiting class to verbally commit to Stanford football, which he did Thursday.

Martinez (6-2, 235), a linebacker from Tucson, needed just under a week after receiving an offer from the Cardinal staff to declare.

"I can't wait to make an impact," Martinez told

Martinez considered offers from San Jose State, Oregon State, San Diego State and Boise State before settling on Stanford.

Martinez led the Dorados with 129 tackles last fall, including 50 solo tackles. He also led Canyon Del Oro with 24 pass receptions for 555 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Dorados won their first 13 games, losing only to Saguaro, 41-34, in the championship game of the Arizona 4A Division I playoffs, held at Sun Devil Stadium. Martinez recorded 18 tackles, six solo, in the contest.

Canyon Del Oro beat Saguaro, 33-25, in Scottsdale, earlier in the season.

Men's basketball

Charles Payne moved into a different kind of support role for Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins it was learned Friday.

Payne was named an assistant coach after spending the three previous years as Stanford's Director of Student-Athlete Development External Relations. The Florida International grad has 12 years of experience as a college assistant coach and NBA scout.

Payne replaces Rodney Tention, who accepted an assistant coach position at San Diego after serving the previous three years in the same capacity with the Cardinal.

"Charles has served as a key member of our support staff over the past three seasons and I look forward to having him on board as an assistant," Dawkins said. "His familiarity with our system will make for a smooth transition while his previous experiences as a coach at the college level and professional scout will be valuable assets to our program."

Payne spent three seasons as an assistant coach at California after serving as an assistant at FIU.

"I'm very excited about my new position as an assistant on the Stanford men's basketball staff," said Payne. "I feel our program is moving in the right direction and I look forward to continuing to work with such a talented group of student-athletes and coaches."

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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