Incoming Irish: Greer Martini
Notre Dame's first commit of the 2014 class was Greer Martini of Woodberry Forest (Va.) High, and he stayed solid to the Irish from day one. He enrolled at Notre Dame last weekend as four-star linebacker, who could project inside or outside. "I'm going to see what Coach (Brian) VanGorder has in store for me," Martini said. "I'm not expecting to already be defined as a middle or outside linebacker. I know the defensive scheme is changing, so I just want to be prepared for wherever they need me to play." Martini played basketball for Woodberry in the offseason, and his weight dropped down to 220. However, with a rigorous offseason plan that included Notre Dame's workout packet for incoming freshman as well as workouts with a personal trainer, Martini is operating at close to 6-foot-3, 235 pounds/ "Definitely day three of the packet is the toughest," Martini said. "They overload you on legs in the weight room and then you have a lot of sprints to run. I have been doing the Olympic style of lifting since my freshman year and I've had a great personal trainer to help me with that as well. Basically, you have to know how to transfer your speed and explosion through the bar on overhangs. So, I've been working on nailing down my technique with that." "I've also been doing a lot of cardio and core," Martini said. "A lot of my focus has been on conditioning and fitness, and doing the the treadmill in intervals and working on my feet agility. Martini is originally from Cary, North Carolina. "I think that going to boarding school for high school will give me an advantage in college," Martini said. "I already know what it's like to live with a roommate and away from home. Dorm life will be nothing new for me." "Because I'm from Raleigh, I'm really looking forward to the North Carolina game," Martini said. "And, of course, Stanford, Michigan and Florida State." Martini anticipates there will be some jitters as he gets accustomed to his new life away from the east coast. "I'm really exciting," Martini said. "It's a mix of nerves and being excited. But, the good kind of nerves. The ones that you can feel, but not the paralyzing kind."
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