How Serious is Rutgers with RB Martin?

Rutgers was the first school to offer Absegami High (Absecon, N.J.) running back Ben Martin, getting well ahead of the curve on other schools. ScarletReport.com spoke to Martin about his recruitment, which teams are looking hard at him, whether Rutgers' interest remains high and if he is close to making a decision.

Absegami High (Absecon, N.J.) running back Ben Martin 's recruitment has been quiet, even after he earned an early offer from Rutgers.

Since then the only other school to offer the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Martin secured was from Marshall, but he is fine with that. Martin believes more offers will come his way after he completes a pair of summer classes, but the schools targeting him will have some ground to make up.

"I'd have to say Rutgers is one of the top schools," Martin said. "I love the campus, the coaching staff is great and they treat me like I'm family. They've been showing me a lot of interest. It's been pretty steady."

Martin got a snippet of what it would be like playing for the Scarlet Knights when running backs coach Chris Hewitt gave him one-on-one instruction at camp last month.

"I learned a lot, actually," Martin said. "We were going over drills they would do in a regular practice and it taught me to be more patient, and how to stay lower and make different cuts. He showed me a lot. Some of the steps for our plays are similar to what I was taught by coach Hewitt."

Martin is also getting interest from Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Temple, Buffalo and Boston College.

"Most schools are looking at me as a running back because that's the only position I really play, and kick returner," Martin said. "The only school that sees me as an athlete is West Virginia. They're basically saying how they want me to be an athlete in case the whole running back thing didn't work out, and how they could find another position suitable for my talents.

"I'd like to play running back, but whatever school I decide to go to, I'll do whatever they want me to do because I just want to contribute to the team."

Martin rushed for 1,216 yards on 182 carries (6.7 ypc) and scored 12 touchdowns as a junior, and he ran a 4.45-second 40-yard dash.

He acknowledged he hasn't even thought about making a commitment because he wants to see if more schools show interest during the early part of the 2010 season.

"I'm probably thinking about making a decision during the season," he said. "A lot of schools want to see the first couple of games, and they would make an offer I did well in the first couple of games, so I want to see how that all works out.

"Pitt said they wanted to see my first couple of games, but I'm going to take that for every school."


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