After an anticipated official visit this past weekend, Kelan Martin is a Bulldog.
Leading in the recruitment of Martin for much of the spring and summer, Butler gained a verbal commitment from the 6-foot 6 Louisville (KY) Ballard High School forward.
After trimming his list to Butler, St. Louis, and Texas Tech, Martin began his official visits. He first visited St. Louis two weekends ago. The tough, athletic 3-star forward then took an official visit to Butler this past weekend, which turned out to be his last.
While becoming the head coach during the summer, the relationship that Coach Brandon Miller and his players have built was impressive to the Martin family.
"One of the players who hosted Kelan on his visit told him that Coach Miller was the type of person that you can talk to about anything," Kelan's father said. "We just felt that he could help Kelan grow as a person as well as a player."
Butler then closed the deal with an in-home visit today where Martin gave his commitment to the Bulldog coaching staff. "Both Butler and St. Louis did a great job of recruiting Kelan," Martin's father said. "It was just he felt a little bit more comfortable with Butler. He was a little bit more comfortable with the style of play and also the location with him having played with Indiana Elite during the summer."
Butler also made the move to the Big East in the off-season and it seems like it has paid dividends in the recruitment of Martin. When asked what he was looking forward to the most but had five simple words.
"Playing in the Big East," Martin said.
Another area where Butler impressed Martin and his family was academically.
"Butler and St. Louis were both great academic schools," said the elder Martin. "That is something that was very important to Kelan, myself, and his mother. We wanted a school that was great academically as well basketball wise, so that was a big deal for us."
It is a big recruiting victory for Coach Brandon Miller and the rest of the coaching staff and could provide the momentum that the staff needs to finish off the class of 2014.
Martin joins center/forward Tyler Wideman as commitments for Butler in the class of 2014.