Safety Plans Official Visit

Greenville (S.C.) safety Pat Martin has taken some unofficial visits and narrowed down his list of potential schools, and when he talks about official visits, he talks about coming out west...

Pat Martin, the 6-foot, 198-pound three-star safety from J.L. Mann High School in Greenville, S.C., is planning on attending the Tennessee camp on July 22 and the South Carolina camp on July 23. He says both the Vols and Gamecocks have already offered.

Martin, ranked as the No. 27 safety in the country by, still favors Tennessee and South Carolina solidly over UCLA and LSU. All have offered as well as East Carolina, North Carolina State, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Duke, Louisville, Duke, Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi State and several others.

He says the Vols and Gamecocks are also recruiting him the hardest. "They both send the most handwritten letters," Martin said.

While South Carolina and Tennessee might be recruiting Martin a lot, he admits the most creative recruiting has come from Arkansas. "They made like a wanted poster with my picture on it," he said. "That was pretty cool. I haven't seen that before."

Despite the Razorbacks best efforts, they're still not in Martin's top four. He admits that Tennessee and South Carolina are going to be tough to beat.

"I like the coaches (at Tennessee) a lot," he said. "They're great. They are very truthful and we've got a good connection. I especially like (graduate defense assistant) coach Peter Sirmon. We talk a lot. The first time I met him, he gave me a big hug like he knew me for years. We clicked."

Martin says he also has a strong connection with the South Carolina coaches as well. "(Offensive line) coach Shawn Elliott is really cool," he said. "He said they really want me to stay in-state. They think that I'm a great player and that I can help make them great. They're really fighting hard for me."

Martin says he appreciates the effort the Vols and Gamecocks are making. "Well I told coach Sirmon (from Tennessee) they were one of my favorites he didn't back down. He kept recruiting me just as hard.

"South Carolina started recruiting me even harder when I told them I liked Tennessee," he said.

Although it's mainly between those two, Martin admits he still plans on taking an official visit to UCLA. "I'm going the weekend they play USC (Dec. 4)," he said. "I really want to go out there. I have an aunt out there and I like California a lot. It seems like a great state and Los Angeles is one of the biggest media markets in the world."

He may also take an official visit to LSU during the season as well.

Despite taking official trips, Martin says he plans to commit before the start of his senior year. "I want to focus on my season and have fun as a senior," he said. "School starts in about a month, so I'll be trying to get it done soon."

He says his first game as a senior will be on Aug. 28.

"I really want to go where I can be great," he said. "I want to excel as a player and I need to have a good bond with my coach."

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

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