The days are counting down as the Shrine Bowl nears and we continue our Shrine Bowl series with an update with safety Pat Martin of J.L. Mann High School. Martin is rated 3-stars by Scout.com and has given his verbal pledge to the Tennessee Volunteers where he plans to join another Palmetto State star who left home for Knoxville last season in DE Corey Miller.
For Martin making the Shrine Bowl was a special achievment and he talked about how it felt when he got the news he'd made the team.
"It was a blessing. It's something that a lot of people want to do so it was definitely a blessing. It's going to be a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to meeting and spending time with all my teammates."
One Shrine Bowl teammate in particular Martin already shares a great deal of camraderie with is fellow J.L. Mann Patriot cornerback Calvin Caldwell.
"It's a good feeling. Me and him have been playing together for 4 years and it's probably the last time we'll be playing together so it should be a lot of fun. We will be rooming together."
As for the week of practice the ultra competitive Martin says he's really looking forward to tangling with this year's Shrine Bowl wide receiving corps.
He also shared with us where things stand as to when he'll next visit Knoxville and other visits he may make soon.
"I think after the season I will head up there to Knoxville. As for visits, I'm still gonna take official visits. South Carolina, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and UCLA. See what they are talking about before I sign."
As for recruiting for the Volunteers during the week of Shrine Bowl practices Martin says there's one guy in particular that he'll be working heavily to try and sway the Volunteers way.
"Lateek Townsend I will be talking to a lot about Tennessee," Martin told us.
Prior to heading to college Martin says he's continuing to work especially hard on a few aspects of his game to prepare himself for the next level.
"I'm working hard on my speed and flexibility in my hips. Those are the two biggest things right now."
Stay tuned to SCPrepNation.com and the Scout.com team as we'll bring you more updates with Pat Martin and other Shrine Bowl participants as the days continue to count down.