But Martin learned tonight that OSU would not be offering. Instead, the 6-4, 260-pound Martin, rated as Ohio's 51st-best senior by Ohio High, verbaled to Toledo earlier this evening.
"I went ahead and committed a little while ago," Martin told Bucknuts.com recruiting editor Duane Long. "They were only recruiting me as a defensive tackle, and that is what I want to play."
This is an interesting turn of events if you follow OSU's football recruiting closely.
The exact number of scholarships OSU has available is unknown. But OSU began its flirtation with Martin yesterday, when informed sources were already reporting the Dwayne Jarrett, a national top-100 wide receiver from New Jersey, had indicated he was coming to OSU.
So, reading between the lines, Martin was in line to receive a scholarship that may have been targeted for somebody other than Jarrett.
Although Jarrett has since sent signals he is wavering in his "silent verbal" to OSU, the fact that OSU has decided it does not have room for Martin could indicate that the Buckeyes have received word privately that one of the other key prospects they are recruiting will be signing with the Buckeyes Wednesday.
That group includes a pair of top-100 players in Pennsylvania linebacker James Bryant and Wisconsin defensive end Rhyan Anderson as well as Florida linebacker Javier Estopinan. Attempts to reach all of these players for comment Tuesday night have been unsuccessful.
Estopinan will announce his decision between OSU and Florida at 10:30 a.m., while Bryant will announce at 4:30 p.m. Sources had indicated that Bryant's decision was likely down to Pittsburgh and Miami (Fla.).
Meanwhile, Jarrett may again be torn between Ohio State and USC. And, Anderson was admittedly having a heck of a time trying to decide between OSU, Oklahoma, USC and Miami (Fla.). It was not known the exact time either of those players planned to go public with their choice on Wednesday.
More Odds and Ends
* Stay tuned to the site. Our Duane Long will be sharing comments on all of OSU's verbals. That story will likely be up first thing in the morning. Plus, we are planning gavel to gavel coverage of national signing day, up through Jim Tressel's signing day press conference at 5 p.m. Eastern.
* Duane Long will also be making an appearance on a special signing day show on Ohio News Network at 8 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday night.
* Ohio State did another bang-up job inside the state of Ohio by getting nine of Ohio High's top 20 prospects. Here is where some of the state's other top names figure to sign on Wednesday (Ohio High ranking in parentheses):
WR Fred Davis (2), USC (already enrolled, and allegedly telling people he will move to safety so Jarrett can sign as a receiver)
QB Brian Hoyer (5), Michigan State
RB Delbert Ferguson (8), Cincinnati or Washington State
WR Miles Williams (9), Michigan State
RB Gary Russell (10), Minnesota
OL Chauncey Incarnato (11), Notre Dame
RB Ray Williams (12), undecided, possibly a prep school
DE Mike Massey (13), Michigan
OL Gerald Cadogan (14), Penn State
FB Brock Bolen (18), Illinois
RB Tony Howard (19), Michigan State
QB Daryll Clark (21), Penn State
WR Romunn Grigsby (22), Kansas State
DE Diyral Briggs (24), undecided
RB Ray Jones (25), Stanford
OL Ryan Stanchek (26), West Virginia
OL Jeff Browning (27), Ohio U.
DT Nii Adjei Oninku (28), Kentucky
WR Michael Bell (29), Michigan State
QB Anthony Turner (30), Bowling Green
QB David Wess (31), Minnesota
OL Brandon Braxton (32), Oklahoma
LB Tyjuan Jones (33), Illinois
LB Anton Narinskiy (34), Iowa
LB Antony Hoke (36), undecided
DL Nick Smith (37), Michigan State
QB Kurt Shoemaker (38), undecided
WR Asante White (39), undecided
QB Mike Maciejowski (40), Minnesota
QB Kyle Decker (42), undecided
S Brandon Wamsley (43), undecided
RB Pernell Williams (44), West Virginia
RB Brandon Lombardy (45), undecided
LB Chad Mayse (46), West Virginia
OL Evan Spanogians (47), South Carolina
DE Jason Chapman (48), Wisconsin
QB Alex Engram (49), Western Michigan
LB Tory Cornette (50), undecided