Martinez enjoys Nebraska visit

It's always a good indicator to get a gauge on interest when a player takes a trip to see a school on their dime. Taylor Martinez and his father took the time to fly out to Nebraska this weekend and spent all day on Sunday and Monday in Lincoln. The trip went very, very well for Martinez who came away as impressed with the school as he did the state.

Husker fans were a little hopeful to get a player like Taylor Martinez from Corona (Calif.) Centennial in for basically three days that there might be a commitment at the end. Unfortunately, the commitment didn't happen.

However, a great visit to Nebraska did. The 6-foot-1 and 185-pound athlete from Centennial arrived in Nebraska early this weekend and doesn't leave until tomorrow.

"I am doing good," Martinez said. "We are driving to Omaha right now. We fly out tomorrow. We got here on Saturday; we were in Lincoln all day Sunday and Monday."

Martinez said that the trip went well for him and was blown away by the facilities that Nebraska had to offer as well as their coaching staff. Their facilities are state of the art. They are really nice. I liked the facilities a lot.

"I really liked the trip. I like Nebraska a lot. Their facilities are just awesome; their coaches are too. Coach Carl Pelini is the one recruiting me and he's down to Earth.

"All of the coaches are real laid back and real down to Earth. Coach Bo Pelini is a disciplinarian and I really like that a lot about him and of a head coach."

Martinez was able to see parts of two practices today in Lincoln; the beginning of one and the end of the other. He was a little late arriving this morning and had to leave a little early this afternoon.

"I did see part of the practice. I just saw a little bit. We got there at 11:00 today and saw just the end of it. Then later in the day we saw the beginning of it then we had to leave."

With all of the time in the state, Martinez had a great chance to get a look around at more than just the school. Martinez came away at least as impressed with the rest the state had to offer as he did with the school.

"I got a chance to see a lot of Omaha and of Lincoln. I really liked it a lot. I liked it better than California, really. I think that it's just because everyone is more laid back.

"Everyone was real cool. The weather was really nice out here as well. The skies were blue and sunny for the time that we were up here. It was really nice."

Nebraska likes Martinez as a safety and Martinez likes the sound of that. The idea that Bo Pelini would get to use him in a variety of different ways is intriguing to him.

"Nebraska is recruiting me as an athlete. I think that they like me as a safety. I think that I could really fit in well there at Nebraska on defense.

"Coach Bo Pelini puts his best athletes on defense there and they do a lot of safety blitzes and stuff. They are real active. I would feel comfortable playing safety in Lincoln."

Along with the coaching staff, Martinez got a chance to meet former head coach and current athletic director, Tom Osborne. That visit was a highlight of the trip.

"I met Coach Tom Osborne. That was a real honor. My dad was a little more familiar with Tom Osborne than I was, but it was definitely a pleasure to meet him.

"He's a really cool guy. I had about 15-20 minutes with him, one on one. It was really cool. He's really laid back and down to Earth like the rest of the staff."

The trip received a high mark from Martinez and he will be back again this fall to see a game. He would have set it up in Lincoln, but wasn't aware of his open date this season.

"I would say that they visit was about a "9". It was a great trip. Coach Bo Pelini told me that they want me to come back out for a home game.

"They want me to come back out when I have a bye and make my official visit. I didn't know when my bye week was so I didn't set up the visit yet."

Martinez' father played safety for Iowa State. Martinez played last season for Cajon High School and transferred to Centennial for his senior year.

Martinez claims to run a 4.47/40, has a vertical jump of 38-inches, a shuttle time of 3.97-seconds, power cleans 260-pounds and does the L-Cone drill in 6.98-seconds.

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