Martin Narrowing List

Slowly but surely Kareem Martin's list of finalists is starting to come together.

"I have one more trip – that's Virginia Tech [and] that's at the end of the month – but I should trim it down before that," Martin said. "I'm pretty sure V-Tech will make my first cut, even though I haven't been there.

"I'd say [North] Carolina, Duke, and V-Tech will make the cut; and also Clemson and Georgia Tech will make it."

Martin, a 6-foot-6, 229-pound defensive end from Roanoke Rapids (N.C.), will officially cut his list of a baker's dozen scholarship offers to six or seven schools by the end of July. After making said cut, Martin will focus on making his verbal commitment, which he hopes to do before his senior football season kicks off.

In addition to every Division I-A school in-state, Martin has visited Clemson, Georgia Tech, and Virginia.

Martin's most recent visit to UNC, which was a couple of weeks back for the Tar Heels' two-day camp, played a major role in its ascension on his list.

"I wanted to work with Coach [John] Blake some more," Martin said. "I worked with him last year and I just felt that I'm still learning as a player and I want to be able to take all the instruction that I can from as many coaches as I can. By going there I thought that he would help me out for this season a whole lot."

Additionally, Martin used the opportunity to evaluate Blake's coaching style.

"He's pretty intense and he's confident that what he teaches us is going to work," Martin said.

As an added bonus, Martin received a one-on-one tutorial from Butch Davis during camp.

"He was showing me a few moves and I got to talk to him a little bit," Martin said. "…We just talked about different moves and stuff about football.

"It was great because I was getting instruction from two of the best defensive line coaches in the country. It was pretty cool."

During water breaks, Martin conversed with fellow defensive end recruit Corey Miller.

"We talked about recruiting, playing – different moves and stuff – and about Coach Blake," Martin said.

When he wasn't working out at the camp, Martin was spending time with Ken Browning, his primary recruiter.

"We just talked about UNC and the great things it has to offer, the alumni and how they look out for fellow UNC grads," Martin said.

Browning gave Martin an in-depth tour of the campus with an emphasis on the business department, Martin's desired major.

"I saw how big the campus was, but yet it's still together," Martin said. "… I got to see where the students and players socialize with each other."

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