CoachSpeak: Martini Complete Package

Woodberry Forest (Va.) School class of 2014 linebacker Greer Martini committed to Notre Dame a few weeks ago, and his coach called him the best linebacker he's had in 18 years.

Greer Martini started one season of varsity football and still has two remaining, but he already made a huge impression on his coach, and Notre Dame.

Earlier this month the class of 2014 linebacker out of Woodberry Forest (Va.) School committed to the Irish, and his coach, Clint Alexander, is hard-pressed to be more complimentary about the type of player Notre Dame is getting than he already was in explaining Martini's ability.

The worst part of Martini may be Notre Dame having to wait 18 months to sign him.

"I think he's going to be a 6-3, 240-pound linebacker that plays sideline-to-sideline," Alexander said. "I've been a head coach for 18 years and he's certainly the best inside linebacker I've ever had. This kid has unbelievable ball skills, really athletic, really loose with his hips and he doesn't have a whisker on his face yet."

Martini, who is 6-3, 210 pounds, made 74 tackles, including three sacks, and had three interceptions as a sophomore. The Tigers run multiple defenses, but Alexander sees Martini fitting well into the Irish's 3-4 scheme.

"He usually plays our WILL linebacker because usually that guys plays more against the pass and he's such a good pass defender I like to have him out in space," Alexander said. "I think he will be a MIKE in college, but he could be big enough to be that guy who walks up and comes off the edge. We didn't blitz him a lot because it's my style in how I call the defense, but the few times I blitzed him, almost every time did.

"One of the things that makes him play so well is he does read and process well and that's part of why he's such a good student, and why , situationally, wherever they want to play him, he'll be able to do that because he's like a little computer."

Martini made the decision to commit after earning an offer at Notre Dame, where he fell in love with the campus and also spent time with former Woodberry Forest teammate C.J. Prosise, who is a freshman safety.

And it isn't just Martini's play on the field that is impressive.

"I teased him the other day and said, ‘Now, we have to get Jack Lambert style. We have to get you a little more nasty,' " Alexander said. "He's just a great kid, a great leader, a 4.0 (GPA) guy, and he's real humble. He's gotta be the mean kid in the sandbox this year. I think he's the kid that would hand you the shovel and the scoop."


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