Martinez finds a home

With his season about to get underway, Taylor Martinez from Corona (Calif.) Centennial decided to end his recruitment. The Huskers just hosted Martinez the week before and late last week he made his choice for Nebraska. Big Red Report ran down the speedy playmaker to get his thoughts on his commitment and what caused him to end the process.

Taylor Martinez set up his unofficial visit to Nebraska late last month. Little did he know it would be the last team he visited before a decision was made.

"My family and I went to Nebraska last week for an unofficial visit, and I really didn't know what to expect," said Martinez. "But once I got on that plane to come home I knew in my heart I wanted to be a Husker, and spend my college career at Nebraska. Once we got home and talked about things, Nebraska was the obvious choice."

While on campus Taylor got a good view of his future home, and said he learned a few new things about the University.

"I saw everything really. The academic tour was nice and is what stood out the most, and I learned some things I didn't know about Nebraska."

"They are number one in the nation with their student athletes, even Notre Dame is behind them. They really take their academics seriously and I really liked that. Their facilities are unbelievable, I mean really awesome. I've been to seven different campuses and it's not really close. Nebraska has the best campus and facilities I've ever seen. It's also a football town and everything is close by, and that's really cool too."

Martinez also had a chance to speak with the head coach for the Huskers, and some other members of the staff.

"I really like coach Bo Pelini a lot. He is a real cool guy and down-to-earth kind of person. He seems like a real players coach, but at the same time he'll push you to get the best out of you. But I liked all the coaches, and I got to meet Carl Pelini as well. He is another quality person just like the rest of the staff."

As far as position, Taylor says he'll come in as an athlete. But safety looks like a good place to start.

"They are bringing me in as an athlete, but they've talked about me playing free safety. I really like the idea of playing safety a lot. I hope to get to play some in my last year of high school. I think my coach might put me in on 3rd-and-longs. Mostly known passing downs so I can try to make a play on the ball."

Now for the most important question, how solid is the commitment?

"I'm 100%, that's the school I've really always wanted to go to. If someone came and gave me an offer tomorrow from UCLA or USC, I wouldn't even accept the offer. I'm staying committed to Nebraska."

Taylor said he hasn't decided on a major yet but he is considering "computer engineering or some type of business degree". He also plans to take his official visit to Nebraska after his season is over, and mentioned he'd like to take a redshirt year to "really learn the playbook and get my mind right".

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