Martin on UCLA Commitment

The 6-7 offensive line prospect from North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake, Jonathan Martin, talked to us about his unofficial visit to UCLA this last weekend and how that compelled him to call the UCLA coaching staff yesterday to make his commitment...

On Saturday, North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake tackle Jonathan Martin (6-6.5, 270) took an unofficial visit to UCLA, getting the full tour of the campus and getting an opportunity to meet with the coaching staff.

Three days later, Martin called the coaches and said he was going to be a Bruin.

"Since they offered me, they definitely were my number one choice and it was only a matter of time before I was going to become a Bruin," said Martin. "I visited on Saturday but I called them (Tuesday) and called (offensive line) Coach (Bob) Connelly. He said they have a big need for tackles and I was a guy they wanted. Yes, I'm definitely excited."

Martin said that the visit on Saturday went a long way in confirming his feeling that UCLA was the place for him. "It was just me, Coach (Karl) Dorrell and Coach Connelly at first," said Martin. "We watched my highlight tape and took a tour of the campus and I was completely sold. It was my second time on campus. My first time was when I came to watch their practice, but it was the first I got to seriously talk with them. I got to meet all the coaches and I really like all of them. They are all down to earth. When we touring the school, I got to meet the Tevaga brothers and they are cool."

After he visited UCLA on Saturday, he trekked up to Berkeley for Cal's camp, but all he could think about was UCLA. "Cal was an option for me, but after going to their camp, I realized that UCLA was the place for me," said Martin.

Martin said that his conversation with Connelly gave him a good indication of how quickly he can expect to get on the field. "Coach Connelly's policy is if you're good enough to play early, you'll play," said Martin. "So I'll go in with the mindset that I'm going to earn my playing time and never expect it to be handed to me."

With his decision out of the way, Martin said he's now only planning on one camp and that he's closing the door on his recruitment. "I'm pretty much completely solid," said Martin. "I'm going to attend UCLA's camp later in the summer, the overnight one. And with committing early, it will really give me an opportunity to play basketball my senior season because that was still in question because I might have had to take trips, but now that is no longer in question."

Martin has a 3.0 GPA and said he should be getting his SAT score soon.

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