Four-star RB puts Louisville on short list

Louisville is looking to add a running back or two with their recruiting class and four-star RB Dale Martin from Bollingbrook, Illinois will likely visit the Cardinals this weekend. spoke with Martin and has the latest on his recruitment.

Louisville is looking to add a running back or two with their recruiting class and Bolingbrook, Illinois standout Dale Martin is getting a lot of attention from the Cardinals.

Martin, a four-star prospect rated the #22 running back nationally, will get a visit from Louisville assistant Reggie Johnson Tuesday to finalize plans for an official visit to U of L this weekend for the Cards game against rival Kentucky at Freedom Hall.

"Coach Johnson is coming by the school (today) and we're going to talk about the plans for visiting this weekend," Martin said. "Coach Johnson is real down to earth and I like him. He's doing a job for Louisville. He doesn't put any pressure on me and I appreciate that."

Martin has narrowed his list to five schools: Iowa, Louisville, Nebraska, Tennessee and Florida. Martin has already visited Iowa and plans to visit each of his favorites before making a decision next month.

"I knew a lot about Iowa because I had some high school teammates there," Martin said. "But that won't be a factor for me. I'm looking for the best situation for me."

Martin said he'll take all his visit and compare his suitors before making a decision, though he didn't rule out being blown away during a visit and ending his recruitment before taking all five of his official visits. "I don't have any favorites," Martin said. "I play to take my visits, compare the schools and make my decision."

Louisville's situation in the backfield interests the 5-11, 200-pound Martin, who rushed for 1,600 yards and 21 touchdowns.

"I think Louisville is a good school," Martin said. "I visited them this summer but didn't get to look around the school that much. That's why I want to visit again this weekend. I think they're running back situation looks very good for me. Obviously, if Michael Bush comes back he'll be the guy. But if he goes to the NFL, they don't have a lot of older guys and I'd have a chance to play right away."

While the potential for early playing time will be an important factor for him, Martin understands there aren't any guarantees.

"I want to go in and compete right away, but I don't want anything given to me," he said.

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