PK Goes In-Depth on Rutgers Offer

Walsh Jesuit High's (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) Ross Martin picked up his sixth scholarship off Thursday when Rutgers moved into the picture. Today, Martin spoke to about the Scarlet Knights, whether he plans to visit campus and the connection he has to the program.

Rutgers began the week by visiting one of the nation's top placekickers, and by the end of it Walsh Jesuit High's (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) Ross Martin had an offer from the Scarlet Knights and is preparing for a visit.

Martin, who was 8 of 11 on field goals with a long of 43, said he was excited about the interest from Rutgers.

"Rutgers, you get a a great education, and it's right near New York City," Martin said. "I plan to go somewhere for business. Coming out of Rutgers would be awesome right near New York. … I plan to go out probably in early June to visit there."

Martin already knows a little about the Scarlet Knights because senior kicker San San Te is a counselor at Chris Sailer's kicking camps, and the two spoke in the past.

The Scarlet Knights became a serious player for Martin when special teams coach Robb Smith visited Walsh Jesuit on Monday.

"He came out to visit with my head coach and he got an opportunity to watch me kick," Martin said. "I was told to give coach (Greg) Schiano a call, and I talked with him (Thursday) night. He told me coach Smith and him had a top five guys they were looking at, and he said he came back and said, by far, I was the best one and I had a scholarship offer there.

"He said he would love for me to go there, and I would be an immediate impact player."

Rutgers needs to fill its field goal kicker slot with the impending graduation of Te. The only placekicker remaining will be walk-on Nick DeLouisa, but the Scarlet Knights will have competition for Martin.

Prior to his discussion with Schiano, Martin already holds offers from Pittsburgh, Iowa State, Kent State, Harvard and Cornell.

"The schools I'm interested in, I do a lot of research on them," Martin said. "I'll do Rutgers now. It's a school I'm really considering."

Martin does not use a tee for field goals, and said he is comfortable up to 55 yards. He added he made a 65-yarder in practice, and also had 33 touchbacks in 2010.

He is putting together a list of summer camps to attend, and hopes to make a decision "sometime over the summer."

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