Martin Earns Start In Orlando

It was a great week in Orlando for Notre Dame offensive tackle commit Zach Martin, capped off by him earning the start at right tackle in the UnderArmour All-America game aired on ESPN on Sunday night.

"It was cool running on the field for the first series," Zach Martin said.

"It was a lot of fun. Getting down there and meeting all the guys from all over and playing with all that talent, it was a good experience. My Dad and older brother and my coach came down with me, and I got to hang out with them a little bit. The guys were great, the coaches were great, it was a positive experience.

Martin, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound standout from Bishop Chatard High in Indianapolis, was a little nervous before arriving in Florida for all the festivities.

"There's some great players in Indiana, but I knew I probably wouldn't have seen anyone of this caliber. After the first or second day of practice, I was getting used to it, and I was sure I could compete with these guys."

Martin competed so well, he earned the start. Unfortunately, the White team defeated the Black, 26-17.

"It was good. I wanted to go out there and compete. Our team, we didn't come out on top, but we had a good week of practice and it was fun to run out there and hear your name called.

"The whole week was great, getting around the guys and getting to know them," Martin continued. He roomed with fellow Notre Dame commit, Theo Riddick's teammate, center Mark Brazinski. "It's weird being with 80 guys, and you ask them where they're going and their naming off all these different schools. It was fun to be around that much talent."

While six Notre Dame verbal commits played in the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio this past week, Martin was the only Irish pledge in Orlando.

"Sometimes it was a little lonely because you had the groups, the Texas group, the LSU group, the Florida group and their six or seven guys, and they're kind of hanging together, but I got to know some of the guys. I kept in contact with Chris Watt and Tyler Stockton a couple times during the week to see how the Army game was going and stuff like that."

Though signing day is a month away, and summer schools is a little down the road, Martin already feels like he is a part of the Notre Dame program.

"I think it's kind of confidence booster," Martin said of the way he played this week. "Even with all those great players, I'm sure the college game is a lot different because you get those bigger, stronger quicker guys, but it was good to play against those highly talented players."

Martin is now looking forward to the time he runs out on the field for the first series in an Irish uniform.

"Hopefully sometime soon," he said. "I'm excited for signing day." Top Stories