Martin Checks Out Iowa

Dale Martin, a 4-star RB out of Bolingbrook, Ill. took an official visit to Iowa City this weekend. He was hosted by a former teammate, got a new perspective on the campus, and more. Read about it in this premium recruiting update.

Dale Martin was one of three athletes on an official visit to Iowa City this weekend who had not committed. The 4-star RB out of Bolingbrook HS in Bolingbrook, Ill. made the trip out to Iowa City on Friday night. He missed the Iowa/Iowa State basketball game because of late departure from Illinois, but made it in that night to meet up with a familiar face.

"My host was (former Bolingbrook teammate) Ryan Bain, I used to play with him," Martin said. "I got to see the scene down there, the dorms, go on campus, it was fun."

Martin had originally planned on making his decision before his high school season began, but was unable to schedule visits in time. He had been to Iowa City several times before, but came away with something new this time.

"I've been to Iowa a lot, since a couple (Bolingbrook) players have been going there," Martin said. "I'd seen a lot of football up there. It was good to see the campus, see the people, how the people get along and act."

When he arrived on Friday night, he hit up the Lonestar Steakhouse with RB coach Carl Jackson and Receivers and special teams coach Lester Erb. He had discussions with each coach, as well as some other university administration the following day.

"The coaches talked about football and tried to tell me the situation at running back," Martin said. "I talked to a lot of the academic people. They talked about how they want a good football program, but they want to graduate their kids. That's one of the biggest things there at Iowa."

As far as any other official visits, Martin says his plans are as yet undecided.

"I'm probably going down to either Louisville or Nebraska next week, we'll see which one works out better," he said. "Then probably Florida on January 12th. Other than that, I really don't know yet."

Martin lists his top five as Louisville, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee, and Florida, in no particular order. He hopes to take all five of his official visits before making a decision in late January.

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