Marti: 'Change is going to happen'

CanesTime.com recently spoke with Hurricane commit, Brandon Marti. Read on to see what the All-Dade linebacker has to say about the Hurricanes culture change.

Gulliver Prep lost its first round playoff game to American Heritage (Plantation, Florida). during regionals. Their standout linebacker, Brandon Marti had a terrific season and was awarded with some All-County honors.

"Everything is going good," Marti said. "I made All-Dade. I had 120 tackles this season. I also had some fumble recoveries and touchdowns on defense. I also scored on a few two-point conversions. I only played running back in the Pre-Season Classic where I scored."

Marti recently changed his commitment from Wisconsin to Miami.

"I just wanted to stay home," Marti said. "I'm really close to my dad, so…I am also a big Miami fan and I've always wanted to play there."

Despite his change of heart, Marti was fond of the Wisconsin staff.

"I liked the coaches at Wisconsin, but when Miami offered me, I had to take it."

Marti is being recruited by Hurricane's linebacker coach Mike Barrow. Barrow has told him of the role he might see next season.

"I don't think they'll start me," Marti said. "But I will play special teams and outside linebacker. There hasn't been any talk of playing me at fullback, although that is what Wisconsin was talking about, they wanted me to play two ways."

Marti planned on enrolling early, however Gulliver didn't give the go ahead. So, his plans have changed a bit for the spring semester.

"I might run track or just been working out," Marti said. "I have an All-Star game on January 20th. It is the All-Dade versus All Broward game."

Marti was anxious to get on campus early, because he wanted to be apart of the culture change Hurricane's Head Coach Randy Shannon is trying to do.

"I talked to Coach Walton and Barrow, also Coach Hurtt and Coach Shannon at practices, and they had a tough year, but is nothing they can't fix, they just need new talent there," Marti said. "The game I went to, some things happened, something's didn't. Change is going to happen, I just want to go there and be apart of turning it around."

Marti believes his best asset is his speed.

"I'm very fast. I'm all about speed and agility. I also have a real feel for the ball. I'm a downhill linebacker and very aggressive."

Also on his schedule is an official visit to the University of Miami on December 14th.

Marti reports as a qualifier with a self-reported 3.2-3.3 GPA and a 970 on the SAT. He is interested in majoring in pharmaceutical studies.


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