DE Martin Narrowing Favorites

DE Martin Narrowing Favorites

Defensive end Kareem Martin from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina is in the process of cutting teams from his favorites list. He has cut the list to a top five and will be making a decision from those five in the near future.

Defensive end Kareem Martin from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina is in the process of cutting teams from his favorites list. He has cut the list to a top five and will be making a decision from those five in the near future.

How is the recruiting coming along?

"It has been coming along pretty good. I am in the process of calling schools to let them know where they stand with me in my recruitment. I have a few schools that I really like right now and I will tell the others that I really appreciate them recruiting me but I have found the five that I want to make my choice from."

What are those five schools?

"While I have them in my mind right now, to show respect to the coaches and to be courteous to those coaches and schools I will not list those top five publically until I have called all the coaches that have been recruiting me that didn't make the top five. I feel I owe them that."

Will distance be a factor for you in making your decision?

"No sir not at all. I don't mind traveling at all. Plus my Mom has said she will support any decision I make as she wants the best for me and it has to be a decision I feel is best for me and not anyone else."

What are some other factors that will go into making your decision?

"The biggest factor will be academics. I want to go to a school that has a great academic reputation and prepares you for life after football. Secondly, I want to go to a school that has a stable coaching staff. I want the coaches to be there the four to five years I will be in college. I want to have coaches that I like and can relate to also. Lastly, I want to go to a school that I feel really comfortable with while I am there. I have made some visits to schools that I really liked the environment there and felt at home. The school needs that for me to choose them.'

I know Georgia Tech is on your long list of schools right now, does the recent commitment of Anthony Williams hurt them with your recruitment?

"No sir not at all. It doesn't affect my relationship with Georgia Tech at all. I mean you can't be afraid of competition. Competition will bring the best out of you and make you a better and stronger player.'

When do you expect a decision to be made?

""I will say I will have one made in the next few weeks. Once I've made the other schools aware that I am not interested in them I will look at the five schools and make a decision from all the information I have on them. School starts back August 25, so I want to be done by then if at all possible."


Dale's Take:

Kareem was happy to be down to five schools. He will make an informed decision from those five and he said he has already talked to a few of the five to let them know his intentions. Right now five schools have a shot at one of the best defensive ends in the southeast and it is just a matter of a few weeks before the team that he chooses will be known.

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