Martin Turns Recruiter

Jared Martin knew during his official visit to Pittsburgh back in September that he was ready to call Oakland home, now he's trying to help convince another talented Florida prospect that he should consider it home as well.

Jared Martin is a talented 6-foot-1, 290 pound, defensive tackle from Western High in Davie, Fla., who committed to Pittsburgh last month. Martin never really made it a secret that Pitt would eventually win the battle for his services.


"I pretty much knew where I was going the whole time, because I made up my mind when I was at Pitt," Martin said. "But I didn't want to make a bad decision early in the recruiting game even though they lost to Notre Dame when I was there, the fans were crazy. I had a huge smile on my face the whole time."


Martin informed us that by talking to his father he realized that he needed too make a decision.


"The only reason why I committed as early as I did was because my dad told me that he knew I wanted to go to Pitt and he said I shouldn't lead other colleges on. So he said to just tell them I'm going to commit."


Martin had another in-home visit from Panthers assistant coach (Charlie) Partridge on Monday.


"It was pretty good. Me and him just joked around most of the time. Then we started talking football and finally he showed me what I needed to sign on my LOI and then he was on his way."


Martin admits that he has been working the recruiting trail trying to convince a very talented defensive end to join him in Pittsburgh.


"I've been working on the defensive end from Northeast (Audie Augustine). I'm trying to get him to commit to Pittsburgh. There's such a need on the D line there.  I honestly think he'll choose Pitt after his visit."


The multi talented Martin turned recruiting analyst on us and gave us a breakdown on Thaddeus Lewis.


"Last night (Sunday) was my first night watching Thaddeus play. He played in the Dade-Broward game. He played pretty well. He has a nice arm and even nicer feet."


We'll see if Martin's efforts have paid off as Augustine will make his official visit to Pittsburgh this weekend.


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