Ben Martin Enjoys Ohio State Official

U.S. Army All-American defensive end Ben Martin has been at the top of Ohio State's recruiting wish list for a long time. He was on campus this weekend to see more of the campus and get a feel for the school. Did he like what The Ohio State University had to offer? five-star prospect Ben Martin, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end from LaSalle High in Cincinnati, Ohio has been recruited by almost every prominent school in the country.

Ohio State, Florida and Notre Dame have consistently been listed at the top of his wish list. He has already toured the campuses of Notre Dame and Florida and this weekend he traveled to Columbus to check out Ohio State. Was he impressed?

"Yeah it was a good visit," Martin began. "There was a bunch of hanging out with the recruits. It was nice."

"I got to go to a lot of meeting throughout the day on Saturday and meet all the coaches," said Martin of the time he spent on campus. "I did not get to go to the basketball game much, but it was a nice chance for my mother to meet the coaching staff because she had never been there before."

Everyone that follows recruiting knows that having a top prospects mother on their side can only help with the chance to land a top player.

"She loved it up there," said Martin who was hosted on the visit by Bryant Browning on Friday and by Connor Smith on Saturday. "She had a real nice time. She had the chance to meet with the coaches and get to know them. We have family in Columbus, so it was nice"

Martin has now toured three of his top four schools in Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Florida. He still intends to make his official visit to see Tennessee next weekend.

"My thing is I came in to this saying I was not going to commit during a visit," he said. "I did not want the visit to overwhelm me. I want to get back and think about it rationally. After my visits I am going to sit down with my parents and try to make the best decision."

This year Martin made the move to linebacker and had a strong senior season. He racked up over 100 tackles and seven sacks to earn All-Ohio honors.

Martin will join a group of extraordinary student-athletes including fellow Ohioan Eugene Clifford that was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday, January 6, 2007 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

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