RB Martin Commits to Rutgers

Rutgers grabbed its 12th committment of the 2011 recruiting class when running back Ben Martin gave coach Greg Schiano a non-binding oral commitment to play for the Scarlet Knights. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Martin averaged nearly seven yards a carry as a junior. He took time to speak with ScarletReport.com about his decision, and why he opted to make it now.

For a while Absegami High (Absecon, N.J) running back Ben Martin favored Rutgers but said he wanted to spend more time with the recruiting process. He decided Monday he had enough time. Martin gave a non-binding oral commitment to play at Rutgers.

"I'm doing great right now," Martin said. "I talked to (coach Greg) Schiano and I decided on what I wanted to do. I felt Rutgers was the right place for me. It's close to home and the academics and it could really help me out."

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Martin also had an offer from Marshall, and was being looked at by West Virginia and Boston College. He said his recruitment was slowed because he needed to make up classes in summer school, and he did that and is now set for his senior season.

He ran for 1,216 yards on 182 carries (6.7 ypc) and scored 12 touchdowns last season, and dazzled Rutgers' coaching staff when he clocked a 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash while camping there in June.

"I thought about it and Rutgers was the only school that showed me a lot of interest," Martin said. "I've been to the campus and they treated me like family, so I decided to get it over and done with."

Martin believes he will be able to compete for playing time when he arrives next fall.

"I'm coming to compete for the starting job at running back," he said. "I can be a help on special teams and be a help no matter where team needs it. They keep telling me the best person will play. It doesn't matter if you're a freshman or sophomore, the best person will play."

Martin is focused on the upcoming season, and added there was a part of him that wanted to make sure his complete focus was on his season year.

"That played a little bit into my decision," he said. "Everyone was asking me where I was going to go, and was trying and figure out where I was going to go. I just want to win a state championship this year."

Martin's commitment is not expected to impact Rutgers' recruitment of five-star running back Savon Huggins.

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