Martin Iti Makes College Choice

Bobby Lutz is no stranger to talented kids. He's coached DeMarco Johnson, Jobey Thomas and Rodney White. Now, the 49ers head coach has another big time talent coming into his program. Australian native Martin Iti cast his lot with the 49ers.

Charlotte Lands Iti

A few years ago, the Charlotte 49ers had the ability to sneak up on people. Not anymore.

With guys like Vincent Grier, Brendan Plavich, Curtis Withers and Eddie Basden already in the program, the future looked bright for Charlotte. On Tuesday, things started looking even better.

"I'm definitely going to commit to Charlotte," Martin Iti told "I'm going that route."

Earlier in the day, Iti debuted in our mid-summer Top 50 poll at No. 19. He's the highest-rated recruit of the Bobby Lutz era. He's loaded with potential. The 6-10, 235 pounder has a big-time wingspan. He's athletic, rejects shots and gets up and down the floor in a hurry.

"I took an unofficial visit and I liked the city," Iti said. "Everything fit into place and I liked it."

Iti entered the United States about four years ago. His path, which will eventually lead to Charlotte, has taken him from coast to coast. But, Iti says he always knew about Charlotte. "I knew about Conference USA. I knew about Charlotte because they beat Louisville.

"That was a dream for me to play in college and get my education."

Playing time was a major factor in Iti's decision and Charlotte will have plenty of it for the athletic post player. Look for Martin at the ABCD Camp and also at the Big Time where he'll play with Pump ‘n Run.

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