Illinois Closing In On Martin O'Donnell

Martin O'Donnell has over a dozen scholarship offers and he's considered one of the very best interior linemen in the nation. O'Donnell says he narrowed his list down to two schools.

Martin O'Donnell, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound, offensive lineman from Downers Grove (Ill.) South is among the top interior linemen in the nation. Several schools have put their best foot forward recruiting O'Donnell and there are two school in particular that have Martin's attention.

"I pretty much have it narrowed down to Nebraska and Illinois." O'Donnell said. "I'm going to take my time with my decision.

"I have offers from Boston College, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Penn State, Nebraska, Illinois, Michigan, Northwestern, Purdue, Oregon, Iowa, Wisconsin and a few other schools.

"I went to Michigan for a one day camp and I visited Nebraska with my Dad. Nebraska was very nice. I liked it (Lincoln) a lot."

O'Donnell will be a three-year varsity starter for the Mustangs in 2002. In 2001, Martin was named all-state and conference player of the year.

One of the best offensive line coaches in college football, Art Kehoe from Miami (Fla.) dubbed Martin O'Donnell "Big Nasty" because of his tough Midwestern style of play. O'Donnell is a down and dirty tractor pull offensive lineman that dominates the line of scrimmage.

Nebraska or Illinois? Can Michigan, Stanford or Penn State get back in the mix? Martin says he'll take his time with his decision which means there's a lot of recruiting to be done by coaching staffs.

Anyone that's followed recruiting for as long as I have knows that recruiting is a marathon, not a sprint. Stay tuned!

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