Marten has early favorite, planning visits

Junior Empire State tight end Ray Marten holds four offers, including an early favorite, and is looking to take visits this spring.

Brooklyn (N.Y.) Poly Prep tight end Ray Marten holds four offers as he looks towards his senior season. They come from Boston College, Rutgers, Syracuse and most recently, Connecticut. The Huskies offered within the last couple of weeks.

The other three schools have been recruiting the 6-foot-4 prospect for much longer. Though still early in the process, he continues to have strong interest in each.

Boston College: “B.C. is probably my top school, to be honest. I got offered by them back in January of 2014. I was a sophomore at the time. (Head) coach (Steve) Addazio saw my film and I guess he liked it. He offered me on the spot. I’ve been to B.C. twice. I went to a camp there back in June. I really liked the program and the facilities. I really like B.C. I went back there in October to watch the Clemson game with my father. I just had a great time there. I loved the whole atmosphere. There was just not one thing I didn’t like about it.”

Syracuse: “I was in touch with (offensive line) coach Joe Adam for a while leading up to it. Eventually, I guess the offensive coordinator and head coach liked me and they pulled the trigger. They offered me on the phone. I think that was back in October. Before meeting with and talking to coach Adam, I was pretty unfamiliar with the program. Like with any offer, I love it and I’m excited and it shows a lot about the school. I’m very excited to get up there and see it. I’m not 100% familiar with it if you want honesty. But the fact that they’re showing interest in me and put their trust in me and offer me a scholarship, it shows a lot about the program and the coaches. I’m very excited to get to know them and see where that relationship continues. I’m interested.”

Rutgers: “Rutgers has been recruiting me pretty hard. I’ve been in touch with their coaches daily. They’ve been recruiting a bunch of guys from my school. We have four guys on the team right now who have scholarship offers from Rutgers. I did a three day trip where I went from B.C. to Rutgers. I really liked Rutgers. They really ran the program well from what I saw. I didn’t get to see too much because I was at a camp with about 500 other kids. So I didn’t get an in-depth, actual glimpse of the campus and the school. But from what I saw, they do a really good job. Their facilities are beautiful.”

Despite the Eagles being the top school as of now, Marten is keeping things open going forward. Spring and summer visits may be the key in the end, and he is looking forward to continuing the process.

”I’m going to go into this recruiting process over the next couple of months with a very open mind,” Marten said. “Just see which schools show the most interest and which schools I like the most. If there are any other schools in the future I’m definitely going to show them interest.”

Marten is planning on visiting Boston College, Rutgers and Syracuse over the spring. He may visit the Eagles this month on the 21st to see a basketball game but nothing has been set in stone quit yet.

He does not have a timeframe for a decision, but is toying with the idea of committing before his senior season starts.

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