Ohio DE Ben Martin Taking his Time

Ben Martin is one of the hottest recruits in the Midwest, and the Wolverines have made him a priority. For now, though, Martin's attention is not focused on his recruitment.

Cincinnati LaSalle defensive end Ben Martin has mentioned for months that his recruitments is wide open, but that hasn't curbed building speculation that the Notre Dame Fighting Irish lead for his services. Even so, Martin still insists that he is just taking his time with recruiting and is just taking it all in.

“It is too early right now," said Martin regarding whether or not he had a leader. "I am not leaning one way or another.”

Martin has always suggested that he would take his time with the process, but things have slowed even more because he hasn't focused too much on his recruitment as of late.

“My mind is not on recruiting because my grandmother is sick," Martin explained. "We have been traveling from Cincinnati to Gary, Indiana to check on her”. So for right now I haven’t been thinking about too much football, there are more important things to think about.”

Martin had planned to make Michigan's annual spring game this weekend, but he will be traveling to see his grandmother again instead. As a matter of fact, he may not be tripping to see any of his favorites for time being as recruiting takes a back seat to what's really important. However, that will not prevent the youngster's list of suitors from growing. He indicated that he already has scholarship offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Florida, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Tennessee, and many others. Martin still gets excited every time he receives an offer.

“Man do I enjoy that," he said. "It means I don’t have to worry about paying back student loans. My mom doesn’t have to worry about paying for me to go to college; it just feels real good."

Watching Martin's film, it's easy to see what the fuss is about. He's big and explosive, and is a disruptive force of the edge. The 6-5, 225-pounder, who had 50 solo tackles and 11 sacks last year, patterns his game after Indianapolis Colts defensive end, Dwight Freeney.

“I like the way his motor is always running and the way he uses his hands," Martin said. "On third down he is tough to handle."

Martin's "Freeney-like" playmaking ability has certainly grabbed Michigan's attention and he is looking seriously at the Maize and Blue thanks to the efforts of Offensive Coordinator Mike Debord.

“Coach Debord is a real nice guy and he is all about Michigan," Martin said. “He feels that Michigan is such a good program that he is willing to be open and honesty about anything. He is very excited about U of M and telling you how he feels about it.”

Martin indicated that the Wolverines will be one of the schools on his list of finalists and that he expects to make a decision sometime during or after his senior season.

“I would like to concentrate on my football season," he said.


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