Irish Commit Enjoying Stress-free Time

Woodberry Forest (Va.) School linebacker and longtime Notre Dame commit knows other schools are recruiting him, but he is solid with the Irish and spoke to to discuss why that is the case.

It wasn't long after Greer Martini committed to Notre Dame in the summer that Alabama increased its interest in the Woodberry Forest (Va.) School linebacker.

It didn't matter then, and it still doesn't matter.

The 6-foot-3, 233-pound Martini was the first member of Notre Dame's 2014 class, and although college coaches stopped by his school throughout December and January, and despite calls to the Woodberry Forest coaching staff, Martini isn't budging on his decision.

"It's nice because instead of talking to different coaches, I can focus on getting in shape, lifting," Martini said. "It's been a calmer recruiting process for me just because I committed so early. I made my decision and I haven't looked back on it."

Woodberry Forest is home to Irish freshman C.J. Prosise, and will be home to senior linebacker Doug Randolph in a few more months, so there is a relationship between the Irish and the school.

And Notre Dame's push to the national championship strengthened Martini's already solid bond with the Irish.

"What made me like it more is just the whole season," he said. "I knew that Notre Dame has the potential to be a great program, but they came out and played …and just being in the national championship game it showed they can play at a national level, and I committed to one of the best football and one of the best academic schools in the country."

Martini excelled at tight end and linebacker as a junior, and could play at the FBS level on either side of the ball.

However, Irish defensive coordinator Bob Diaco is constantly discussing how Martini fits into the defensive scheme, and it is clear he is heading to Notre Dame to play inside linebacker.

"Talking to coach Diaco, he said it's just seeing the gap and filling it," Martini said. "I think it's a perfect fit. Coach Diaco is looking for a big, heady ‘backer to fill that role. I think I'll fit into that defensive scheme really well."

Martini is also readying for his first visit to campus in a while. He will be there for the March 23 junior day, but right now his focus is on improving his foot speed.

"Getting my feet up," Martini said. "Even though I'm not slow, you can always get better. I've been working on my feet during track, and also I want put on good weight."

Martini played basketball his first two winters at Woodberry Forest, but he traded in his high tops for track shoes this winter. He will continue to play baseball in the spring.

"I think they work of each other," Martini said. "Playing basketball helps with my hands on the football field. My toughness on the football field helps me get rebounds in basketball. I think all the sports make you a total athlete." Top Stories