A late-rising pass-rusher out of New Orleans, Sci Martin has become a hot commodity over the last several months. The senior tape of the three-star got out and many programs, including Alabama, took notice.
Martin, who measured in at 6-foot-4, 233 pounds over the weekend, has been committed to TCU since December and he remains a Horned Frog verbal following a weekend official visit in Tuscaloosa. But the race for his signature appears far from over.
"It was a blast," he said. "I had a great time, the coaches were great, the player personnel guys, even the players are great. The process and the way coach (Nick) Saban runs it is one of the best in the country and it shows as far as how dominant they are and the championships."
Saban, along with outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi, sat Martin down and detailed why he's risen on UA's board of late.
"They evaluated my senior film, saw my progress and they liked the fact that I was able to get bigger," he said. "They said I could be a great ‘Bama player and things like that. They don’t have anyone committed at the position and they can see me in that role to rush the passer and help stop the run.
"They think they can help me evolve to be the best player I can be. It’s great to see that, with that type of school to show interest in me, and them thinking I can be a player for them."
Another long and lean edge prospect who bulked up late in the process hosted the Louisiana native while in town.
"Jamey Mosley did," Martin said. "He was saying it was about grind, he talked about the hard work and determination those guys work with. Just how hard they put in to be the best player they could be. He said the strength and conditioning is the best in the country and they worked hard to become the champions. It didn’t come easy."
Alongside his parents who "loved" the trip, the senior couldn't isolate one part of the weekend as a favorite moment. Instead it was a combination of the entire 48 hours.
"Everything," he said. "I had a chance to meet some of the guys that were there and with meeting the coaches, seeing them again and getting a chance to really understand them, it was great."
Martin remains a pledge to Gary Patterson and company, but others are squarely in the mix.
"I’m still in with the TCU program but anything can happen from here until February 3 (national signing day)," he said. "I’m basically just enjoying the process right now. How driven they are to be the best is important to me and right now TCU is that school. Plus the coaching staff, the players, the environment there, just several things."
Oklahoma, where he already took an official visit, as well as homestate LSU remain options for Martin late in the process. The Tigers are set to host him for his final official visit next week ahead of an expected national signigng day decision.