Martin To Take A Break

Zach Martin is counting down the days until next Friday when he takes off on a family vacation to San Francisco. Recruiting is starting to become overwhelming, and the very talented offensive lineman from Indianapolis, Ind. is looking forward to taking some time away from football.

"I just want to get away," Zach Martin said.

But before the 6-foot-6, 270-pound Martin can do that, he is still taking trips and evaluating schools. He was at Notre Dame on Monday, and will travel to Illinois on Friday.

"It was good," Martin stated. It was his second trip to South Bend. He attended the Notre Dame-USC game last fall. "My parents had a good first impression. We were there from about 11 to 6. We were up there for the whole day.

"The campus is beautiful. The facilities are awesome. We got to go in the locker room and go down in the tunnel. The tradition is some of the best in the country, and it caught my eye a little bit."

Martin and his folks sat down and talked with Irish head coach Charlie Weis for about an hour.

"I had talked to him on the phone once before," the Bishop Chatard standout said. "But it was good to meet him person. We talked for about an hour. We talked about football and a lot of other things.

"He was talking about the Notre Dame prestige and the tradition. And it's close to home. It's only two hours to two hours and 15 minutes away. Distance wouldn't be a factor at all. He has a lot of connections, so that would always be a positive after college. He was throwing some of that stuff out."

Martin talked with offensive line coach John Latina about how he fits into the Notre Dame offense.

"I talked to coach Latina for a while about that," Martin stated. "He sees me, I'm pretty tall, about 6-6, and he said you can come in and we can start you learning the tackle position. And down the road, I could learn guard. He told me he could see me learning either position.

"I'd like to do that. Whatever to get on the field, or if someone gets injured, you could step into either spot."

Martin recently narrowed down his 21 scholarship offers to five lucky schools. He is still considering Notre Dame, Michigan, Virginia, Illinois and Kentucky, where his father played offensive line.

"I've seen every campus at least once," Martin said, adding that he hopes to make a decision before the school year but isn't going to rush anything. "I'm going to Illinois this Friday for a day, then I'll kind of sit down and evaluate things with my folks.

"I may try and get back up to (Notre Dame) and a couple other places in July."

On his visit, Martin also ate lunch with Latina, Bernie Parmalee and a few Irish freshmen, Michael Golic Jr., Kyle Rudolph and David Posluszny.

"It was good to meet those guys," Martin said.

Perhaps Martin will see them again soon. When he gets back from San Francisco.


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