SC Safety Has Duke In List of Favorites

Pat Martin, safety from Greenville-Mann, S.C., is a talented athlete who is receiving a lot of early attention. The 2011 recruit had a great junior campaign, and schools have taken notice. He talked about the schools on his early short list.

"I am receiving interest from Alabama, Georgia Tech, LSU and Ohio State," said Pat Martin. "Most of the school in the SEC are showing interest in me. I don't have any offers yet. Right now I would say my favorites are Georgia Tech, Alabama, Duke, UNC and Virginia Tech."

Georgia Tech: "I have a good relationship with their coaches. It's close to home. My family could come see me play."

Alabama: "They are a big powerhouse program. If I went there I know I would be playing on TV every week."

Duke: "I like their academics. I know if I get a good education I can get a real good job if I do not make it to the NFL."

North Carolina: "I like how their safeties play. I really like the way Deunta Williams plays."

Virginia Tech: "I think they have a good tradition of DBs. They can get me ready to play DB in the NFL."

Martin attended a game in Atlanta earlier this season.

"I attended the Georgia Tech-UNC game," he said. "I was invited to the Alabama-LSU game and UNC-Miami game, but was not able to go. The visit to Georgia Tech was fun. I talked to the defensive coordinator [Dave Wommack]. He said he wants me to be a Yellow Jacket. He told me to keep my head on straight.

"The visit was my first time going to a game. The atmosphere was crazy. I couldn't hear myself think. The fans were really wild. They treat you like family there."

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound athlete recorded 85 tackles, two interceptions and a couple of forced fumbles during his junior season. He returned one interception for a touchdown.

"I feel like my size and closing speed are my biggest strengths," Martin said. "I have really good instincts. I try to intimidate players when they try to run a post route against me. I feel like I need to improve my coverage and range."

Martin will participate in track during the spring.

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