Recruiting: Martin talks about UT and his knee

The Horns received <B>Marco Martin's</B> verbal commitment Tuesday night, but Texas may have earned it several days before following Martin's knee injury in Mesquite's state final victory over Taft.

"Coach Brown called as soon as it happened," Martin told IT Wednesday afternoon."(Brown) said, 'We wanted to tell you not to worry about the injury. We wanted you before and we still want you now.'" The state top-10 DT said the UT coach told him that regardless of the severity of the injury or how it affected his football ability, he had a place in the Longhorn family.

Martin knew then that he wanted to be a Horn.

The DT said he also wanted to go to a school close to home so his mom could easily go to the games, plus, he said, "Texas is the perfect school to go to because of the recruiting class." Despite not making an official visit to the Forty Acres, Martin said he knows a lot of the other members of the UT class and is particularly tight with North Mesquite LB Aaron Harris.

Martin said he visited Austin over the summer and had a chance at that time to meet the coaches and look at the campus, so he didn't need an official visit to make his decision.

Martin already called Tennessee coach Fulmer to break the bad news but he said he has yet to talk to the A&M or Florida State coaches. He said he will cancel his January visit to Tallahassee when he finally talks to the Seminole coaches.

And about that injury. Martin said initial tests have not been conclusive to the point of determining the extent of the injury, but he believes, based on the evaluations to this point, that it is an MCL rather than an ACL injury. An MCL sprain or tear will not require surgery, he said, and will significantly limit the recovery time as compared to an ACL tear, which would require surgery.

Martin said he is scheduled for an MRI tomorrow.

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