Back To Square One

Chris Martin had his favorite schools, and the five-star defensive end from the Oakland, Calif., area, was hoping to make an early verbal commitment.

Then the annual college coaching carousel hit.

Chris Martin favored Notre Dame, USC, and then North Carolina, over his plethora of other options. Then in a flash, he saw his recruiter Jappy Oliver leave his post as the Irish's defensive line coach. Nick Holt left the Trojans staff to join Steve Sarkisian at Washington, and the guy recruiting him for the Tar Heels now works at Tennessee, Martin said.

"It's been hectic," the 6-foot-4, 222-pound Bishop O'Dowd standout stated. He has already accumulated over 15 scholarship offers.

"Everything kind of actually evened out. I'm back to an equal playing field now."

Martin and Oliver formed a great bond over the last few months.

"That was my main guy recruiting me," Martin said. "Coach (Rob) Ianello is supposed to be recruiting my area, but I had a much better relationship with coach Oliver.

"I didn't even expect him to leave. It was up and kind of out of nowhere. It kind of affected the whole process."

Martin hasn't talked to anyone on the Notre Dame's coaching staff since Oliver's departure.

"He was the only person I had a number for," Martin said. "I don't have a number for coach (Charlie) Weis or Ianello."

For USC, them overloading at the defensive end position, could possibly hurt the Trojans.

"My friend Kevin, Kevin Greene just committed to USC and they're already red-shirting two guys at my position.

"Devon Kennard, he will most likely end up there. I'm not looking to sit my first two years or red shirt."

Now, Martin is looking everywhere again. Top Stories