Martrel Brown has known for sometime now where he wanted to go to school. It was only a matter of making it official. " I have wanted to go to State since the 10th grade. It (choice of NC State) made me feel good. If I go there and work hard, I will be able to play."
His dream of playing for the Pack came true Sunday. We asked Brown to tell us how he committed. "I met with Coach Amato this morning. He asked me 'what do you want to do?'. I told him 'I want to play here'. He stood up and shook my hand and said 'you are part of the Pack now'.
We asked Martrel what was the coolest part of his trip to Raleigh. "It was when I walked into the locker room and saw my jersey with my name on it. Then I walked out and they had my name up on the scoreboard as if I was playing right then for the Pack. It was real cool."
Martrel also played in the 2002 Shrine Bowl, where he had 4 tackles and 2.5 sacks. We asked him about that experience. "I had fun there. It was a chance to play with Division 1 players. I met Mario and Tank there. They were part of my decision also. I look up to them. Those guys are good. If Terry (Hunter) and Isaiah (Puff Thomas) go there as well, man I'm telling you, the defense will be something else. Both those guys are going up for a visit next weekend".
Brown was watching the Wolfpack on New Year's day as well. "The game was good. This year, it was the Gator Bowl. Next year, it will be the National Championship. The year after it will be the National Championship. It's like Coach Amato has brought the winning with him from Florida State. We beat them two years in a row, and we will beat them again."
Brown currently is short on his SAT score and we asked him if there was a back-up plan in case he does not qualify. "They talked about a plan to go to Hargrave, but I doubt that happens. After what I saw there (NC State), I will get my scores."
Martrel Brown is NC State's 17th known commitment for 2003. The Insiders has ranked him as the 59th best linbacker in the nation and has given him a three star grade. He also had an outstanding season for Purnell Swett. For the year, he had 165 tackles, 12 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 2fumble recoveries.