One of the more intriguing things about Mark Dantonio taking the Cincinnati job is that he will be competing with Ohio State for recruits occasionally.
Lyndhurst Brush defensive lineman Alfred Martin (6-5, 250) will visit OSU this coming weekend, but is fresh off a trip to UC.
"It was cool. I liked it a lot," Martin said of the UC visit.
Dantonio still hasn't hired a staff at UC, but some of Rick Minter's holdovers are helping in the recruiting efforts (some of which might be hired by Dantonio).
"It was basically just Coach Dantonio and some of the coaches from the (former) staff this weekend," Martin said. "It's kind of weird how it's set up. (Dantonio) was there at Ohio State and now he's recruiting me for Cincinnati."
The Bearcats are not an easy sell to recruits, but Dantonio is trying to talk-up the direction of the program.
"They just told me that the program is going to be moving in a positive direction and they're hoping to do big things," Martin said. "It's going to be a good program with him in there."
Did Dantonio try and use the impending move to the Big East as a selling point?
"No, he didn't. But a couple other coaches mentioned it," Martin said. "I think the Big East is a way better conference (than Conference USA), so that's another plus about UC."
Martin's first choice would probably be the Buckeyes, but he is not exactly at the top of their list.
"It's going all right with O-State," he said. "I haven't heard from coach (Mel) Tucker in a while, but I still have my visit set up with next week."
The lineman knows he has some improvements to make before he steps on a college field.
"I need to get a little more speed and learn a few more moves," he said.
Immediate playing time is somewhat of a factor in his decision. But he would rather redshirt than get "junk" playing time off the bench.
"Yeah, I'd rather redshirt if I don't start," he said.
Martin said he watched OSU's Fiesta Bowl victory over Kansas State.
"Ohio State did a real good job. I liked it," he said.
Some things that attract him to Ohio State are: "The atmosphere, fans and tradition."
Two of his former high school teammates – Roy Hall and Marcel Frost – currently play for the Buckeyes.
"I just talked to Marcel the other night," Martin said. "When he's in town, we kick it and stuff."
Martin could play end or tackle in college. He can bench 335-pounds and runs the 40 in 4.9 seconds.
As a senior, he finished with five sacks and was named honorable mention all-state.
He is already qualified academically.