Asa Martin is Florida's top running back target at the moment. The four-star athlete from Alabama has visited the Gators this spring, and it looked like it was two-horse race between UF and Auburn. However, a third team has entered the fray. Alabama is the latest school to offer, after Nick Saban offered the talented playmaker after Martin visited Tuscaloosa for the spring game this month.
"It's the mecca of college football," said the Scout 250 running back. "People would see me waling down the street and ask, 'has Alabama offered you yet? Nah,' but now they have. It's kind of crazy."
The Decatur (Ala.) Austin prospect admits that this offer does change a few things when it comes to his recruitment.
"It's really affected me, it's in-state first off and it's the top of college football as well," he said. "So when they offered me it was really big. Then them coming down was real big, too, but I didn't get to talk to coach [offensive coordinator Brian Daboll] much because of the NCAA rules. That is kind of a different approach, I've talked to a lot of offensive coordinators but I haven't had many offensive coordinators as my primary recruiter so it's kind of a different approach with Alabama."
Another big difference with the Crimson Tide is their interest in Martin's ability on the defensive side of the ball.
"I would have no problem playing safety anywhere, but at Alabama it would be crazy with some of the guys they put in the league," stated Martin. "We'll see."
Although 'Bama is the new suitor, Martin is still heavily interested in the two aforementioned programs, Florida and Auburn. The Gators offered the standout even prior to both in-state schools, something that Martin admits could weigh on his mind.
"They [the Gators] have a really good shot," said Martin."They offered really early showing that they want me. My relationship with [running backs] coach [Ja'Juan] Seider is also big. I don't feel like I can go wrong with either school."
Although there were several reports surrounding Martin and a possible decision looming, he has decided to take things slow.
"It's kind of crazy, I always dreamed about getting all of these offers," he said. "But now that it's here, I've got to make a decision sometime. I'm almost locked in on the day before my first game."
Martin plans on visiting Alabama, Auburn, Florida and others at least once more ahead of the summer decision.
"I want to ask more questions and get more of the inside of the programs."