Colorado State earned its first verbal commitment in the 2018 recruiting class on Tuesday when Covington (La.) Northlake Christian athlete Nick Martin-Morman pledged to the Rams during an unofficial visit to Fort Collins. The versatile athlete informed CSU head coach Mike Bobo while trying on jerseys at the team's Indoor Practice Facility that he wanted to join the Rams' 2018 class.
The Louisiana three-star received a CSU offer in mid-March, joining previous offers from Kansas and Louisiana-Monroe. After a month of heavy recruiting from CSU, Martin-Morman took an unofficial visit to CSU to watch a spring practice and visit campus.
Martin-Morman saw everything he needed to see, giving Bobo his word that he would sign with the Rams next February.
"It felt like a real good home for me," Martin-Morman said of CSU. "You could just tell they wanted me to be there and that was just a big factor in me wanting to commit, because I can come in and make a big impact right away."
Measuring in at 5-foot-10, 175-pounds with a 72-inch wingspan on his visit, Martin-Morman treasured his time touring CSU's campus, new on-campus facilities and meeting with the Rams' coaches and personnel department. According to Martin-Morman, coaches were thrilled to hear of his desire to be the first member of CSU's 2018 class.
"I was with Coach Bobo and (Terry) Fair and (Bryan) Applewhite. We were actually where the jerseys were at on the field at the indoor practice field. I just told him (Bobo) then I wanted to commit right there. He was pretty happy. It was definitely a good time."
What pushed Martin-Morman over the edge in wanting to commit?
"When I first came in, I sat down with the head coach, Coach Bobo. Right after I got done hearing him talk about his family and all that, I wanted to commit there, because he came from a good place and he was all about his players. I know if I come there, I wouldn't be just another person in the crowd. Everyone there is like a real family, so everything is genuine."
With his commitment in hand, Martin-Morman said he has no plans of entertaining other offers, nor does he anticipate taking any other visits this offseason. The only visit he will definitely take, he said, will be an official visit back to CSU this fall.
He previously took unofficial visits to LSU, Oklahoma State and Mississippi State.
"I think I'm going to shut it down," he added of his recruitment. "I think I found a really good home at Colorado State. It's a beautiful campus, scenery is nice, nice weather. So, I mean, I think I'll shut it down."
Martin-Morman popped onto CSU's radar this spring after displaying impressive film and junior season statistics. In ten games, the explosive playmaker rushed for 959 yards and 11 touchdowns as a tailback for Northlake Christian. He added 245 reception yards as a receiver, plus two interceptions as a safety. His efforts earned him first team all-metro and all-district, as well as an all-state honorable mention nominee.
The season prior, he rushed for nearly 600 yards and 6 touchdowns as a sophomore at Archbishop Hannan in Covington. CSU's staff expressed their interest in playing him at cornerback. Colorado State's coaches like his explosiveness, speed and his ability to cover ground in the defensive backfield.
Since Bobo's arrival in Fort Collins, the Rams have hit the Southeast hard in recruiting, especially Louisiana. CSU added running back Darius May to the fold two cycles ago, then bolstered their roster in February with more Bayou additions in offensive lineman Joctavis Phillips, cornerback Darius Campbell and quarterback Justice McCoy. Martin-Morman said speaking to and connecting with May during his time in Fort Collins on Tuesday provided him comfort in knowing there will be another Louisiana native who has already made the transition from the South to Colorado.
"I talked to Darius (May) when I was up there on the trip. He kept it real with me and it was definitely a warm feeling seeing him up there."
CSU again is hitting the Pelican State hard this cycle, with at least a dozen other known offers extended to recruits throughout the Bayou State. With hopes of luring even more prospects from the football hotbed, Martin-Morman figures to do his part in aiding the staff in landing more playmakers from his home state.
"Definitely, I will," Martin-Morman said. "I'm going to try and pull other players from around the state, tell them what's up at Colorado State. It's a great place to come."
For Rams fans who are unfamiliar with Martin-Morman, what should they expect from CSU's first pledge in the 2018 class?
"They should expect a hard worker, a person to come in and be a leader, give my all, 100 percent every play and every day I'm there, not only on the field, but also in the classroom and in the weight room. They're getting the whole package."