Brad Martin's summer calendar has cleared up, and the 6-4, 230-pound tight end from Marion, Ohio, couldn't be happier.
Two weeks ago the Marion Pleasant H.S. standout brought an end to his recruitment by committing to Coach Terry Hoeppner's IU program. Martin became the fifth member of IU's Class of 2006, earning an IU offer shortly after participating in the Hoosiers' summer camp.
Indiana's camp was Martin's last for the summer, something that comes as a great relief.
"It's so nice to have no more camps, I won't have to work out with coaches, I won't have that pressure on me during games in the fall," said Martin. "I've got the decision out of the way, and now I can enjoy the summer and work on the things that they want me to work on."
One of those things is to add some weight to his 230-pound frame. Martin said he's working out with a personal trainer three or four times per week, and hopes to add 15-20 pounds before he's set to arrive on the Bloomington campus in the fall of 2006.
Martin said that Hoeppner's staff was familiar with him from their time at Miami (Ohio). A year ago, Hoeppner's staff recruited one of Martin's high school teammates, and saw the pass-catching skills that the junior possessed. At IU's camp, they wanted to see how Martin would hold up in the run game as well.
"When I was in Bloomington, they wanted to see if I could do the blocking – they knew I had good hands," said Martin. "I thought I did well, and I knew I had given myself a chance. They called me the next day and offered."
When he arrives he's expected to play tight end in Bloomington, although he does boast the sort of versatility that could allow him to move to a different position if needed. Martin also played quarterback, safety and kicker in high school, and also played basketball and football for his prep team.
"The like diverse athletes that can do different things," said Martin, who earned All-District and All-Conference honors as a junior. "They recruited me as a tight end, but you never know what will happen. I could wind up somewhere else. They like the fact that I have the versatility to move around if need be."
Martin was also getting interest from Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Toledo, Miami (Ohio) and UConn, but decided that Indiana was the best fit.
"When I went there, it just stuck out above the others," said Martin. "They are nice people, great coaches, and I loved the atmosphere. It's only a four-hour drive, so it's close to home. It's a great school academically and athletically, so everything seemed to fit."
The chance to play in the Big Ten was also enticing for a Ohio product who grew up watching the Ohio State Buckeyes.
"Playing in the Big Ten is a dream come true," said Martin. "I've dreamed of playing in front of thousands of fans at a school like that. I've dreamed about it ever since I was a little kid."
Martin Sees No Reason To Wait
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