Martin Visits Irish Top-100 prospect Ben Martin La Salle High School (Cincinnati, Ohio) has been tabbed by a number of Irish recruiting fans as one of Notre Dame's most important prospects in the 2007 recruiting class. Martin was in South Bend this weekend to watch an Irish spring practice.

Notre Dame held two practices over the weekend, and the Irish were fortunate enough to host Ben Martin (6-6, 220-pounds).

"The players looked like they were having fun at practice," Martin replied when asked his impression of the Notre Dame practice. "They were going hard, but they were having fun and having a good time. That left a good impression on me just seeing how they practiced.

"Their defense is good and their offense is real good. They definitely have enough talent to win a national championship. They're going to have a real good recruiting class so that will give them an even better chance."

The reason Martin becomes such a valuable recruit is that Victor Abiamiri is in his final season and the Irish will need a similar player to fill the void at defensive end.

"He's huge," Martin said of Abiamiri. "He was real nice. Everyone I met was real nice. All the coaches were real nice people, especially the defensive line coach, coach Oliver. I liked him a lot. That was the first time I've gotten to really sit down and talk to him.

"I talked to coach Minter, he's the guy that is going to be recruiting me. I talked to him before I left. That was the first time I got to sit down and talk to him as well."

Martin also had a chance to speak with Charlie Weis.

"Great guy, great guy… unique" Martin said of Notre Dame's head coach. You don't meet a lot of guys like him. I expected the guy I met, but once you meet him, he has an aura about him… but comfortable."

Before leaving campus Martin had lunch with two Irish players from Ohio.

"I had lunch with Brady [Quinn] and [Chinedum] Ndukwe," Martin explained. "They were pretty cool. I got to meet some other players, some of the defensive lineman… pretty cool people.

Brady is a funny guy. I was kind of surprised. He was down to earth, but he's cool. And Ndukwe was real cool as well, maybe cooler than Brady," Martin joked.

There's a lot to think about after that visit. It went pretty good." Martin added.

Although Notre Dame has a chance to land Martin, the Irish have plenty of work to do because Ohio State, Michigan, West Virginia and Florida are also very high on Ben's list of potential schools. Top Stories