Martin Pops In On ND

With his Indiana roots, Oakland, Calif., product Chris Martin has seen Notre Dame on TV plenty of times, but in person, the campus was more than the class of 2010 prospect ever expected.

Chris Martin and his father flew into Chicago on Thursday night, and stopped in South Bend on Friday before heading south to visit with family for a week in Bedford, Ind.

Just a couple days ago, Notre Dame joined USC, UCLA, Stanford, Oregon, California, and Colorado in offering the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Martin a verbal scholarship.

"It was phenomenal, excellent, amazing, wow really," Martin exclaimed about his quick visit. "It was, I'm really excited about it."

It's easy to see why some of the nation's best programs are excited about the Bishop O'Dowd standout. As a sophomore, Martin racked up 108 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles, and two interceptions in being named a first-team sophomore all-state selection.

Martin and his father arrived on Notre Dame's campus at about 10:30 in the morning, and stayed until after the team's first practice of fall camp in the evening.

"We had a full tour and everything," Martin began. "We just toured the Gug (Guglielmino Athletics Complex), went there, and then we went around campus and saw a bunch of stuff. We got showed around by Dave Peloquin, he showed us around the campus and we met with (defensive line) coach (Jappy) Oliver in the Gug.

"Coach Peloquin took us around the whole campus and we met with a few academic people, and they helped us out and let us ask questions. They briefed us on how they go about their student athletes at the school.

"We got to meet with coach (Charlie) Weis a couples times, once right before he took his picture with the team, and at practice he came over and talked to us a few times. He'd make a few comments and have a quick conversation with me. He's a real laid back guy, but he's serious about his program. Real down to earth too.

"It was nice to see them practice. They didn't have pads on but it was nice."

While Notre Dame's facilities, the stadium and the Grotto awed Martin and his father, there is another family member that may be even more important to impress.

Mom.

"Oh definitely, she's going to be a big part of it actually," Martin said of his college decision. A 3.0 student, he'd like to decide before his senior season. "She is a big academic person. She is supportive in athletics, but academics is more important.

"Every school in the running not only has to impress me, but my mother as well. It's a two-way recruiting thing."

Sounds like Notre Dame will eventually get an opportunity to show Cheryl Martin what they've got.

"I'd like to say the next time we come back out here, I'd like to bring her to a game," Martin explained. "As of right now, I'm not sure. I might come out late for one of the later games this season. The Syracuse game most likely would be the best time we could make it out."

Martin doesn't have any upcoming visits planned, as he turns his attention towards his junior football season.


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