OT Martin Places Iowa High on His List

With Austin Blythe in the fold, Iowa got a good start in recruiting offensive linemen in 2011. The Hawkeyes are shooting for more big targets at the position and one of the main pursuits is of Indy's Nick Martin. The big man from Indiana visited Iowa City this weekend and got a look around. Hawkeye Insider caught up with the prospect. Find out how he felt about his visit and more in this update.

Iowa felt like home for Nick Martin. The Indianapolis resident said he fit right in during his visit this weekend to Iowa City.

"It was good," the 6-foot-5, 260-pound offensive lineman said. "I really enjoyed being around the coaching staff. The players were great. They seemed like people I would hang out with at my high school."

Martin, who plays for Bishop Chatard, is receiving a lot of national attention on the recruiting trail. He holds offers from many schools in the Big Ten, SEC, ACC and elsewhere, including, Iowa, Michigan State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Cincinnati and Boston College.

Martin's brother, Zach, plays at Notre Dame (no offer yet) and his father, Keith, is an alumnus of Kentucky (offer).

"I would say that (his father and brother's situations) are not much of a factor in my decision," the younger Martin said. "My parents have said that this is my decision. I feel like it is and I want to find the best place for me."

Scout.com ranks Martin as its 33rd best offensive tackle nationally in the Class of 2011. He rates three stars on the services five-star scale.

"My parents have always emphasized academics and the Big Ten schools will have that," Martin said. "I love the game of football and have played in a winning program, so I would like to play for a winning program in college. But I think the biggest thing for me in my decision is the people.

"If you're going to be in a place for four ,or likely ,five years, you want to be somewhere where you relate to the coaches, the players, the academic advisors, the professors, everyone."

Martin said that he relates well to his lead recruiter from Iowa, Eric Johnson.

"He's a great guy," the prospect said. "We keep in touch a lot. He's honest and I know he won't lie to me. He answers any questions I have and I'm free to call or email him anytime with them."

Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz brought Martin into his office for a sit-down during his visit.

"I really felt like I got to know him," Martin said. "I've never heard anyone say anything bad about the guy and I could see why. He's a great guy."

Martin said he was impressed with the Iowa facilities and hit it off with strength and conditioning coach, Chris Doyle. He looked at the business school as he's considering a major in that field, possibly sports management.

"I'm going to try to narrow it down to two or three schools after taking the rest of my (unofficial) visits," Martin said. "After that, I'll want to re-visit the ones at the top and hopefully make a decision before my senior season so it doesn't interfere. But, I don't want to rush it."

So, where does Iowa stand with the big lineman?

"Iowa definitely is still in the mix of things," Martin said. "It was a very good visit."

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