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Frank Martin takes his final official visit of the recruiting process

USC hosted nine recruits on campus this weekend for official visits. Six of those recruits were already committed to USC, including Army All-American offensive lineman frank Martin II.

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei four-star offensive lineman Frank Martin II took one step closer to completing the recruiting process this weekend.

Martin, who had tentative plans to officially visit Arizona State next weekend, is shutting down his recruitment.

“I’m done,” said Martin. “I bonded with my future teammates and the guys that were already there. Going out with them was really cool. I got to meet the new staff and I just felt comfortable with USC.”

Martin was hosted by his former Mater Dei teammate, Jonathan Lockett. Martin also spent time with new USC offensive line coach Neil Callaway.

“He’s a tough coach,” said Martin. “Coach Callaway is going to push me as a person to be the best player I can be. He told me they want me as a right tackle who can also play guard, so that’s the plan.

“Talking with all of the new coaches was great — getting to know them. We’re building a new relationship and I can’t wait to get up there.”

Although some of the skill players committed to USC have described the Trojans new offense as up-tempo, pro-style, Martin says there is still some philosophical kinks that have yet to be discussed.

“Coach (Clay) Helton says they still have to meet as a staff, so they really don’t have a clear idea of what they’re going to do offensively,” said Martin.

Martin took his official visit with nine other recruits, three of whom remain undecided about their college destinations.

“I think we have a good shot with Connor Murphy,” said Martin. “Rashan Gary … I don’t know. He’s kind of hard to read. He seemed to like the trip and I know his mom liked it. I made sure I talked to him.

“I’ll keep in touch with those guys and make sure we have a chance with them. The vibe is just to finish strong. It;s a new beginning for us — a new era. Things are going to change. We have to change this cycle and get USC back to where it use to be.” Top Stories