Getting To Know: Ben Martin

If there might be someone considered a wildcard of this year's class it might as well be Ben Martin. Wildcard in the sense that it was a shock to some on the offer, but more than that the lack of respect that he received from recruiting services and in comparison to the other players in the class. Don't tell that to Ben though, his dream has always to be a Husker. Here is Ben Martin, one on one.

Name: Ben Martin
School: Lincoln (Nebr.) Southwest
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 265
40-time: 4.7

Position(s) played last year: Offensive Guard and Defensive End

Stats: 66 tackles and unknown sacks as a defensive end. Graded out in the high 80s as a guard.

Honors: All-State by the Omaha World Herald, Super State by the Lincoln Journal Star, all-city and all-conference

Official Visit Date: January 28

Enjoyed the most on official visit: "I was born in Omaha and lived most of my life in Lincoln. On my official I just wanted to learn a little more about the academics of the school. I also wanted to learn more about what the coaches were thinking about me, position-wise, and red shirting. I also just wanted to get to know the coaches and the players a little better."

"I took a lot of unofficial visits this fall to see games. The coaches and the teams fought back so hard in all of their games. The overall environment, atmosphere and the crowd is great. It was pretty much a goal of mine to play division one and when I got that offer from Nebraska it was pretty much a given. I have always known what Nebraska football is about."

Biggest factor in choosing Nebraska: "I'd probably say the school in general. I just love everything about it. Yeah, the location is convenient too."

Other schools considered: Colorado State and Kansas

What are you looking forward to the most when it comes to getting to Nebraska: "I am just looking forward to meeting all of the team. Getting bigger, faster, stronger and learning what the whole system is all about. Right now I just want to make sure that my speed stays where it is at and doesn't fall off as I put on size."

Funny recruiting story: "No, not that I know of."

Number desired: "I haven't decided that yet. I wore "68" in high school because I played on the offensive line, but that is going to change to something else. I was a number in the 90's, probably."

Message to Husker Nation: "We are going to be bringing the national championship back here in the upcoming years."


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