Martin Finalizes Plans

With 22 commitments currently in the 2008 recruiting class, Irish coaches are scanning the country to add just a few more names to this already top-ranked class. One player in particular would fit nicely in this already impressive class, defensive tackle Mike Martin.

Redford, Mich. native Mike Martin has been Notre Dame's latest top target as the Irish try to close out their 2008 recruiting class. Irish head coach Charlie Weis and defensive coordinator Corwin Brown spent considerable time with the 6-foot-1, 285-pound senior on Tuesday.

"I really liked coach Weis and coach Brown," Martin said. "They came by my school this morning and I spent about and hour and half talking with him and my coaching staff. We got along great. They then went and saw Jonas (Gray) for awhile and then came back and talked with my parents and I. I think everyone was really impressed. They really spent a lot of time with me today. I really liked them."

Martin also finalized a visit to Notre Dame. Because of his wrestling schedule, his visit won't be the normal Friday to Sunday routine.

"I'm going to visit Notre Dame on the 27th and 28th of this month, the Sunday and Monday," said Martin. "That's the way it worked out. I had to try to fit it in when my parents could be there and I could be there."

Before the Catholic Central high school star visits South Bend he'll take a look at Michigan with a trip to Ann Arbor this weekend.

"Coach Rodriquez comes to my school tomorrow, and then I visit there this weekend," he said of his plans to check out the Wolverines.

Any chance Mike just sticks with Michigan if he has a great visit and doesn't visit Notre Dame?

"No, I'm 100 percent I'm going to visit Notre Dame," he said. "I want to go check them out. I gave them my word. I promised them I'd go, so I'll definitely go."

Is he feeling more comfortable with Notre Dame?

"Yeah, I like what the coaches have to say," he said. "My big thing is how do I fit in with the current recruits that would be in my class and the current players? That's my big thing. We'll see how that is when I visit."

Since the Michigan coaching change Martin essentially has to go through the recruiting process all over again.

"It's kind of a pain, but I'm just going to try to enjoy it," he said. "I've got two great schools to choose from, and I'm just going to enjoy it and make the best decision for me." Top Stories