Martin makes it official

Greenville, S.C.'s Pat Martin acknowledged he fell in love with the University of Tennessee. That attraction flourished Sunday afternoon when Martin chose the Vols over the Gamecocks as he made his pledge known at a commitment ceremony in his hometown.

Falling in love can be a great thing.

For one South Carolina high school prospect it wasn't love at first sight but took two unofficial visits and a couple of months before sealing the final decision.

Greenville's Pat Martin said he fell in love with the University of Tennessee. That love affair flourished Sunday afternoon when Martin chose the Vols over the Gamecocks as he made his pledge known at a commitment ceremony in his hometown.

"I fell in love with the school, the coaches and everything about the University of Tennessee," Martin said. "It's a great school, a place where I feel very comfortable at and a place that makes me feel like I'm home."

Martin has been making several new friends on the UT campus, including incoming freshman Da'Rick Rogers.

"I got a chance to visit with Da'Rick a lot," Martin said. "He is doing well. He really likes it a lot. He really likes the coaching staff a lot."

Martin feels that he is beginning to build some solid relationships and friendships at UT.

"I feel a lot closer to his coaching staff after Saturday's visit," Martin said. "I'm building a great and solid relationship with them already."

Martin is rated as a four-star prospect by one recruiting service and a three-star prospect by Scout.com. He is rated as the No. 29 safety in the country.

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 and squat 325 and has a 34-inch vertical jump.

Stay tuned to Soout.com for video and photos of the ceremonies later this evening.


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