It happens almost every recruiting cycle. A recruit has a change of heart about their destination and decides to transfer out. This one however, we didn't see coming. Former J.L. Mann High standout Pat Martin was gung ho about the Volunteers of Tennessee and was doing his best to help attract fellow recruits to join him in Knoxville. After a short time in Knoxville Martin discovered that it wasn't the right fit for him and decided to transfer.
For the past few weeks Martin has been acquiring as much information as possible and looking at his options moving forward. After much thought and seeking out help from fellow prospects and mentors Martin says he's decided his next move.
"I just felt I needed to go to a JUCO instead of sit out a year. So I found one close to home in Georgia Military College."
We had suggested to Martin that he talk with players at each school he was considering and after a week or so he got plenty of positive feedback about GMC from some other former Upstate standouts who are currently there.
"Yeah I talked to Tiquention Coleman a lot and I also talked to Ronnie Martin. I'm going in January and will leave in December. Then sign with another school in 2013. I'm interested in schools in the SEC, ACC, and West Virginia right now but I will be open to anybody who wants to recruit me."
So what will the former Vol do differently this time when choosing his college destination?
"This time I will take all my visits and not make such a quick decision. I will evaluate the coaches more knowing I'm going to be spending the majority of my time around them."
"I can go to any school my release was unconditional. My goal is to grow up as a person, a father, an athlete, and to ball out!"
Martin told us that his final decision came down to Georgia Military College and Hutchison Community College before decided to attend GMC. Stay tuned to Scout.com as Martin will likely be highly recruited after his year at GMC.