Romello Martin had another All-State season for Abraham Lincoln HS this year. He finished with 47 tackles, 5 sacks and 18 quarterback hurries. The scholarship offers are plentiful, but he will have to wait until after signing day to ink his papers.
"I haven't taken my ACT test yet," Martin said. "You can't go on your visits until you have a test score. I'll get mine back on February 23rd. I'll start taking some visits after that."
Two schools plan to bring him in when he receives his score.
"Ole Miss and South Carolina are on my really hard right now. They are just waiting for my score to come in."
The Rebels have been recruiting Martin consistent throughout the recruiting process.
"They always check up on me. It kind of started when I released my top 10 last summer. They weren't on the list, but they tweeted me and asked if I would be interested. I started solidifying my relationships with the schools in my top ten, but after a while I had built a strong relationship with their coaches. Coaches (Chris) Kiffin and (Lee) Wilbanks always checked up on me. Coach Kiffin left but coach Wilbanks stays in touch with me. I actually spoke to him yesterday. I'm trying to build a relationship with coach Tray Scott. He just got hired as their defensive line coach. I've watched some film of his defenses while he was at North Carolina. I like his techniques he teaches. I'm impressed with coach Scott a lot."
South Carolina is rolling out the red carpet as well.
"They were actually my first SEC offer. They offered me my junior season. They are just really waiting on my score to come back. I haven't set up a date for my official visit yet, but I will when I get my score back. They think I can do big things for their defense."
A few other colleges are in a wait-and-see mode too.
"Florida, Marshall, Penn State, and Temple. They are all waiting on my score. Everybody just wants to know where I'm going to be academically, really."
Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at email@example.com