Summer L.A. Trip Planned

Greenville (S.C.) J.L. Mann safety Pat Martin says that UCLA, Tennessee and LSU all stand out and that the Bruins and Tigers are recruiting him the hardest. He'll visit Westwood this summer...

Pat Martin, the 6-foot, 198-pound three-star safety from J.L. Mann High School in Greenville, S.C., says he now has around 17 total scholarship offers and although he says he's still "very open," he admits that UCLA, Tennessee and LSU all stand out. All three have offered as well.

"I'll have a top five after the spring," Martin said. "But these three stand out right now. They'll probably be up there."

He says that the Bruins and Tigers are recruiting him the hardest. "UCLA and LSU are constantly calling my coaches and they are always in my ear about them," he said. "They seem like they are bending over backwards to get me to come there."

Martin has never visited UCLA, but says he'll be heading to Los Angeles this summer. "I have an aunt in L.A.," he said.

"I like the coaches a lot (at UCLA)," he said. "They said they really want me and say that I'm the No. 1 safety they are recruiting. They said I could play early."

Martin says he's being recruited by UCLA secondary coach Tim Hundley, defense graduate assistant Daronte Jones and defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough. "Those guys are great," he said. "I also really like coach Rick Neuheisel. He's funny. He always makes me laugh. He's a coach you can talk to about life."

Besides heading west this summer, Martin says he also plans to camp at South Carolina, Clemson, Florida, North Carolina State and Duke. "I'll go to as many as I can," he said.

Another school that Martin says he's never visited is LSU. "Those coaches are big time," he said. "Year in and year out they've been one of the best teams in the country. If I went there I know I'd have a good chance to get a ring."

Martin hasn't visited Tennessee yet either. "(Defensive backs) coach Terry Joseph is a good guy," he said. "We've been getting along good. He's actually gonna be at my school today (May 26).

"I think this new staff is good for Tennessee," he said. "I think they'll be a good fit and will be there for a while."

Martin, ranked as the No. 35 safety in the country by Scout.com, also has scholarship offers from East Carolina, North Carolina State, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Duke, Louisville, Oklahoma and a few others.

He says that he's also hearing a lot from Oregon. "They said that coach Chip Kelly needs to approve it and that they'll offer," he said.

Martin doesn't have a time frame for making a decision. "If I find a school I feel at home at, I'll commit," he said. "If it's this summer, I'll do it. Or it could be in the fall or later. If I don't commit before the season, I'll probably wait and do it at the All-America game."

He has been nominated for the U.S. Army All-America game.

Martin reports a 3.0 core GPA, a 17 ACT and an 1140 SAT.


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