Who is Showing RB Ben Martin the most Love?

Rutgers offered Absegami High (Galloway, N.J.) running back Ben Martin two months. Since then, a few new schools have moved into the picture, including Penn State. Martin gives an update on his recruitment, whether he has pulled in any new offers, and which school is showing him the most interest. Also, he talks about his offseason schedule, and whether he will visit Rutgers for a spring practice.

The interest isn't at a crazy pitch, but it is enough for Absegami High (Galloway, N.J.) running back Ben Martin to feel he will have a selection of schools to chose from when he is ready to end the recruiting process.

His lone offer came two months ago from Rutgers, and he is also getting plenty of interest from Penn State and Boston College.

"From what my coaches tell me, they said Penn State looked over my tapes and they really liked it,'' the 5-foot-10, 187-pound Martin said. "They are going to make a copy and send it to (coach) Joe Paterno and see how he likes it.

"Boston College, they seem like they're really interested, and they're just waiting for my SAT scores to get back. I just took them. It was pretty long, but it seemed to me you either had to know it, or you didn't know it. It was kinda easy that way.''

Perhaps the SAT score is the reason other schools are not charging after Martin the way Rutgers did when it offered him following junior day.

But that could also give the Scarlet Knights a leg up in the process since Martin said he has developed a bond with Robb Smith, his recruiting coach at Rutgers.

"We have a good relationship,'' Martin said. "He lets me know how the team is doing, and I let him know how I'm doing with everything, and he hopes he's going to see me at Rutgers for a spring practice.''

Martin, indeed, said he plans on making at least one trip to Piscataway this spring. He acknowledged Rutgers is recruiting him the hardest.

"They're showing me a lot of love, and making me realize the whole family aspect of football,'' said Martin, who was asked if he was close to making a decision. "I'm just going to wait and see if anybody else offers.''

Martin brings impressive statistics from his junior season. He carried 182 times for 1,216 yards and 12 touchdowns. With plenty of talented running backs in the east for the 2011 class, Martin is waiting for his chance to get in the recruiting mixer.

"I see my competition is getting offers on a daily basis almost, so I just have to work hard and stay humble for my turn to come,'' he said. "I'm not really worried about it right now. I'm just getting ready for next season.''

If Martin's visibility is to increase, perhaps it will happen during his spring and summer schedule.

"I don't think I'm going to go to any camps, but I might go to some combines,'' he said. "I might go to the national underclassmen combine again, and I've been getting letters in the mail about things in Florida, 7-on-7s and stuff like that.''

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