Martin blown away by Rocky Top experience

One Tennessee football commitment had never witnessed the atmosphere of a college game day at the University of Tennessee. South Carolina's Pat Martin made his pledge to the Vols after several unofficial visits to Rocky Top, and this past Saturday night was the standout safety's first trip to a UT football game.

One Tennessee football commitment had never witnessed the atmosphere of a college game day at the University of Tennessee.

South Carolina's Pat Martin made his pledge to the Vols after several unofficial visits to Rocky Top, and this past Saturday night was the standout safety's first trip to a UT football game.

"Wow," Martin said to describe his game day experience. "It was so loud I couldn't hear myself think. It will be a lot of fun to play in front of 100,000 fans every week."

Did Martin learn anything new on his last trip to Knoxville?

"Yes sir," Martin said. "I learned all the words to Rocky Top; we sang it a lot during the first half."

Martin was impressed with Tennessee's efforts against the nationally ranked Oregon team.

"No one gave Tennessee a chance," Martin said. "I thought we were going to shock the world and beat them, the way we played in the first half."

Martin got a chance to visit with some of the UT coaches, including the opportunity to chat with Head Coach Derek Dooley.

"Coach Dooley took the time to sit down and visit with me," Martin said. "I knew he was really busy but he took the time to ask me how I have been doing and asked me about my football season and how I had played so far. That's impressive."

Martin has already established some good relationships with future Vols, including Alan Posey from Georgia.

"Alan and I email and facebook each other all the time," Martin said. "It was great to see so many of my future teammates at the game."

It appears Martin was also doing a little recruiting while he was there.

"I got a chance to talk to DeAnthony Arnett a lot," Martin said. "He really seemed like he was having a great time. He is a little quiet, but seemed like he enjoyed his trip."

Although Martin's high school team lost its last football game, the standout athlete made a big play.

"I blocked a field goal and ran the ball back 20 yards," Martin said. "I would have scored, but I was stumbling, if it hadn't been for that no one would have caught me."


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