After the game, Martin had clearly made up his mind. "I knew I wanted to be a Cyclone so I verbally committed to them," he said. "It was a really good game and I just liked the fans and the whole atmosphere."
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive end who will be graduating in May also liked what he heard from Coach Chizik. "We had a good talk and he said they have three defensive linemen who are graduating," said Martin. "I feel I'll be coming in at the right time to fight for a starting spot."
Part of the reason that Martin could envision himself as a Cyclone is because of how the defense played. "I really thought they did a great job creating a lot of turnovers," he said. "I like how they hustled and play as an overall unit."
Taylor even learned something new on his visit to Ames. "When I was talking with the players I talked with Michael Bibbs and I realized that him and I played against each other in high school."