Scout 300 Defensive Tackle Romello Martin Picks up Florida Offer on Visit

Romello Martin visited Florida for the first time over the weekend and left Gainesville with a parting gift, an offer. The Scout 300 defensive tackle discusses the Gators and more with Scout's

On Saturday, Florida joined Florida State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Boston College, Louisville, Miami, Nebraska, Cincinnati and South Carolina in the race for the Scout 300 defensive tackle Romello Martin

"It felt great [landing the Gators offer]," said Martin on his way back home to New York.

The Scout 300 defensive lineman visited The Swamp over the weekend.  

"I didn't know that much [about the program before the visit], but it was one of my schools that I kept in the back of my head," he said. "The visit was good. I like the facilities. They have a former teammate on the team, so that was a big plus." 

That former teammate is Thomas Holley

"He gave me advice,"said Martin. "I didn't really speak to him so much but he told me certain things about how things are down there."

Martin also had the chance to see how the program runs. 

"Everyone knew who I was before I got down there [impressed me]," he said,  "being that a week before I was planning a trip down and that was the first time I was hearing from Florida." 

Head coach Jim McElwain, defensive coordinator Geoff Collins and defensive line coach Chris Rumph all gave Martin their time during his visit, telling the 6-foot-4, 270-pound recruit, "they like what they see." 

The coaches said "they could use a player like me with my strengths and abilities," said Martin.  "My impression was that besides football the coaches are always there for you. They don't do everything just for football. Football is like a plus. They help you plan for a future after football." 

The extra help away from the gridiron weighs heavily with Martin. 

"It weighs a lot. It shows you how coaches think besides football and what direction you can go future wise," he said. 

With that in mind, the Gators are "up there" among Martin's offers, however, he does not want to name any favorites. 

"My options are open." 

According to Martin, "Rutgers, Penn State, Pitt and Temple" are showing a lot of interest lately. But before he makes any decision, he wants to find a place where he feels "the most comfortable for four years."

In order for him to see where he stands in his recruitment, Martin plans to take more trips. 

"Possibly Penn State next Saturday, I'm not sure about that," he said. "South Carolina in June and Miami in July."

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