Dale Martin gives Louisville visit high marks

Dale Martin, the star running back from Bolingbrook, Ill., had a good visit to Louisville over the weekend. Martin, who had previously made a visit to Iowa, gave the Orange-bowl bound Cardinals high marks Sunday night.

Dale Martin, the star running back from Bolingbrook, Ill., had a good visit to Louisville over the weekend. Martin, who had previously made a visit to Iowa, gave the Orange-bowl bound Cardinals high marks Sunday night.

"It was a lot of fun," Martin said. "I'd probably give it around a "9." I definitely could see myself going to Louisville. Everything was great and all the facilities are new. The dorms were real nice and like apartment-style and compare to any in the nation."

Martin got an in-depth look at the nation's fifth-ranked program and believes he could fit in with the players currently on Louisville's talented roster.

"I was able to see them practice and tour their facilities," Martin said. "I really like their players. Brandon Heath was my host and he was real cool. I really got along well with everyone."

Martin went to the U of L – UK basketball game Saturday afternoon at Freedom Hall, and while the Cardinals fell to the Wildcats 61-49, the four-star running back had an opportunity to see the level of fan support the Louisville football gets when the received a standing ovation when introduced to the capacity crowd.

"We went out to some parties and clubs around the campus," said Martin. "The basketball game was fun even though they didn't get the win. The arena was packed and I was impressed with their fan support."

Martin also had a chance to talk with the Louisville coaching staff about possibly suiting up for the Cards next season.

"I got a chance to talk with Coach Petrino and Coach (Greg) Nord," Martin said. "Coach Nord showed me all the ways they get the running backs the ball, either on hand offs or throwing it to them out of the backfield. He said they're going to keep recruiting me hard."

Martin isn't rushing into a college decision. Iowa, Louisville, Florida and Tennessee comprise Martin's top four. He claims no favorite and will make visits to Florida and Tennessee before settling on his decision. "Louisville will be there until the end," Martin said.


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