Soft verbal now solid commitment

Attention all college football coaches, the door is being closed to recruiting for one current Tennessee commitment. South Carolina safety Pat Martin has been a long time pledge for Tennessee, but he has been listed as a soft commitment to the Vols because he has scheduled other official visits. Go "Inside" for the latest on Martin's recruitment.

Attention all college football coaches, the door is being closed to recruiting for one current Tennessee commitment.

South Carolina safety Pat Martin has been a long time pledge for Tennessee, but he has been listed as a soft commitment to the Vols because he has scheduled other official visits.

Not any more. That soft verbal turned to a solid commitment to Tennessee after a home visit with Volunteer secondary coach Terry Joseph Tuesday night.

"It's a done deal, no more visits for me," Martin told InsideTennessee.com Tuesday evening. "I had a great visit with Coach Joseph, he made me realize how much they needed me. He is a great coach and we have established a close relationship, he is very easy to talk to."

So what is Martin's message to other schools?

"Thanks for the interest, but I'm a Vol for life," Martin said. "I fell in love with the school for a long time now. I wanted to take a few other visits, but as of tonight I'm through with recruiting. The door is closed."

Martin will take his official visit to Tennessee on January 14th and will get a home visit from Coach Joseph and Coach Dooley the week afterwards.

"All my focus is on getting ready to get to Knoxville," Martin said. "I can't wait for my visit thats going to be a big weekend for us (the Vol)."

Martin finished his junior season with 112 tackles, four fumbles caused and two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown). He was named all-area, all-region and all-state in 2009. He says he can bench 245-pounds, squat 325 and has a 34-inch vertical jump.

He followed that up with an outstanding senior season.

"I'm a hard hitter," Martin said. "I love to attack the football."


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