Nick Martin Flips to ND

Notre Dame landed the 20th commitment for the 2011 recruiting class as offensive lineman Nick Martin from Bishop Chatard High School (Indianapolis, Ind.) informed the Notre Dame coaching staff that he wanted to be a part of Irish football program.

Nick Martin (6-foot-5, 260-pounds) had previously been committed to Kentucky, but according to his high school coach Vince Lorenzano, Martin has decided to join his brother Zack in South Bend.

"I met with him (Nick) yesterday morning and he told me that he was making the decision to switch his commitment to Notre Dame," coach Lorenzano said. "It's been evolving for about 30 days. Notre Dame made it clear that they were very interested in Nick some time ago, but they weren't sure what position they were in for linemen.

"Notre Dame did a good job of doing everything above board and making sure they did everything correctly. It comes down to common sense. Splitting the brothers up in different schools and different locations was going to be a strain on the family that wasn't going to be worth it in the end. When you break everything down, you look what's best for the family and what's best for the kids. They're a very tight family. I can see why this happened."

Nick played offensive tackle for Bishop Chatard, but coach Lorenzano feels that Nick is flexible enough to play tackle or guard in Brian Kelly's offense.

"Where he plays depends on your scheme," he said. "They run a multiple set offense and they need guys that can move, a guy that can adapt to the scheming that they do. They will line up and smash you in the mouth and there are times where they want to float the pocket, so you've got to be able to move.

"Nick's still young for his age, so he's going to get bigger. He's a very intelligent and articulate kid. He's just a great representative about what we are about here and hopefully what the future holds up at Notre Dame. Top Stories