Martin Picks Up Irish Offer

Bishop Chatard high school in Indianapolis, Ind. has produced a number of great football players over the year. One of the best in recent history is 6-foot-5, 270-pound offensive tackle Zach Martin.

The Irish are looking for tackles in the 2008 recruiting class, and Indianapolis native Zach Martin received a call yesterday from the Irish coaching staff offering him a full scholarship to attend Notre Dame.

"I was a little surprised," Martin explained. "I'd been getting letters from them. I've spoken with them, but I hadn't heard from them in awhile. I just got home and had a message to call coach Parmalee."

Martin picked up the phone and spoke with a number of Irish coaches on Thursday.

"I spoke with coach Parmalee first, and then I spoke with both coach Weis and coach Latina," Martin said. "I was really happy about the offer."

Martin said he plans to visit Notre Dame sometime in the near future.

"I'm going to go up there sometime this summer," he said. "I don't know when, but I'll definitely go up there."

The Bishop Chatard high school prospect has already been to a number of schools thus far including Notre Dame.

"I've visited a lot of places," he said. "I've been to Michigan, Illinois, Purdue, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Iowa. I went to Notre Dame last year for the USC game. I also camped at Notre Dame and Michigan last year, so this was good to get an offer from Notre Dame."

With 21 offers under his belt, Martin has plenty of schools that he can choose from.

"Pretty much most of the Big 10 has offered me except Ohio State and Penn State and Wisconsin. Boston College, Virginia, UCLA, those are some of the main ones along with now Notre Dame."

Where do the Irish stand after jumping in the race for Martin?

"They're definitely in my top five, that's for sure," he said.

Martin says he's not in any hurry to make a decision at this point.

"I'm going to take some more visits this summer and see what I think," he explained. "I'd like to make a decision by the end of the summer, but I don't want to rush into anything. If I feel I know where I want to go I'll commit then, but I'll just be patient if I'm not sure what I want to do."


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