Bloomington – Nick Martin has no doubts about where he stands in the eyes of the Indiana football coaching staff.
The Hoosiers were the first to offer the 6'5", 260-pounder from Indianapolis' Bishop Chatard H.S., doing so back in January. Martin has since added a slew of other offers from programs like Tennessee, Cincinnati, Boston College, Northwestern, Michigan State and South Carolina, but Indiana hasn't been lost in the scholarship shuffle.
In fact, IU assistant coach Billy Lynch stopped by Bishop Chatard H.S. today to once again reiterate the Hoosiers' interest in winning a high stakes recruiting battle to bring one of the state's best players in the 2011 class to Bloomington.
"I've been told by other coaches and players that you have to go to a school that really wants you," Martin said. "They do a great job of letting kids know that they are welcome and wanted and they can visit anytime."
While Martin knows where he stands with Indiana, exactly where do the Hoosiers stand with Martin? The nation's 54th-ranked offensive tackle prospect says the Hoosiers are in the mix with everyone else who has shown interest, as he has yet to do any whittling down of his list. That will come early this summer, with the goal of making a final decision before the start of his senior season.
In the meantime, Martin says he's made a few trips and checked out some virtual tours of various campuses of his potential destinations.
"I'm looking at academics, athletics because I love football, and the atmosphere," Martin said.
As he navigates the process, Martin has the benefit of being able to lean on the experience of watching his brother, Zach, go through the same process two years ago. Zach was also considered one of the state's top recruits and eventually settled on Notre Dame.
"It was good to watch to see how to carry yourself and how to act in front of people and how to handle it," Nick said. "It taught me how you have to take everything into account and about what questions to ask."
While Martin has questions, college coaches have plenty of superlatives to throw around about Martin's play on the field. That comes as no surprise considering the slew of early scholarship offers that have come his way.
"All the coaches talk about how I finish (blocks) really well," Martin said. "I go until the play is over and I give really good effort."
Those are attributes that all college coaches look for in an offensive lineman, and why Indiana has its work cut out for it if it hopes to fend off a lot of those big names and stay in the running for Martin this summer. Although Indiana doesn't have the tradition of some of those other schools, Martin says Indiana does have something besides proximity working in its favor.
"One of the main things about Indiana is the people," Martin said. "The people there are outstanding."
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