A Bonding Trip

On his official visit to Notre Dame this past weekend, it was just about hanging out for Zach Martin.

Zach Martin and his parents arrived on Friday afternoon, took in the team's banquet that evening, and stayed through Sunday.

"It went real well," the 6-foot-5, 275-pound offensive tackle from Indianapolis said. "It was a lot of fun."

"Just getting around the guys again. That was a big reason why I made my decision to come to Notre Dame. Also getting to know the guys coming in, in our class, so that was good hanging out with all those guys."

During the season, Martin was able to make it up for a couple of games, but with things being so hectic during those quick visits, he didn't get a chance to get to know everyone. However, over the banquet weekend, Martin had plenty of time to catch up with players on the team, as well as the other six verbally committed recruits in attendance.

"I met a couple at the games, but I met four or five guys this weekend that I've never met before," Martin said. "I never met Dan Fox, Jake Golic or Tyler Stockton, so it was good to meet those guys and hang out for a little bit."

After eating lunch upon his arrival, Martin quickly found himself hanging out with Irish head coach Charlie Weis.

"It went well," Martin said. "Just kind of catching up on things. I hadn't talked to him in awhile, so it was good to talk with him again. We just talked about different things. His situation is obviously all good, and he's going to be back.

"We just talked about whatever."

Martin and his folks met with some academic people before getting ready for the banquet.

"It was good. Joe Theismann talked, so that was good, and coach Weis said some stuff. We got to meet up with the players afterwards, so it was good."

Martin's host for the weekend was freshman offensive lineman Trevor Robinson.

"I never really met him either," Martin began. "He was a lot of fun and he showed me a great time, so it was a lot of fun.

"He's a real fun guy and he's tight with all those other guys, so we were all kind of together. It's a good experience."

Also in town was Chris Watt and Alex Bullard, two offensive guards verbally committed to Notre Dame. On Saturday, the three of them got a chance to sit down with offensive line coach John Latina.

"He kind of went through expectations and goals, and he drew some stuff up for us to show us a little bit of what they do," Martin explained.

"We're all excited to get in there and compete and just get into the system, but I think people overlook the offensive line. They struggled a little bit, but they're a good group of guys and we can't wait to get in there and help the team.

"I talk to Chris quite a bit over the year, and I met Alex at the Michigan game, but it was the first time all three of us were together. It was good to get to know the guys I'm going to be with for the next four or five years."

Martin is expecting to see Latina at his school this week, and Weis at some point in January.

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