November 30, 2009

Martin has an early leader

South Carolina safety Pat Martin had a strong junior campaign at J.L. Mann High School in Greenville racking up 65 tackles, four forced fumbles and two interceptions for the Patriots. With his junior season over, Martin is focusing his attention on his recruitment and he has an early favorite.

"Georgia Tech is my leader right now," Martin said. "I like Georgia Tech a lot. They have a great atmosphere and I would to play in front of that crowd."

Martin experienced the Bobby Dodd Stadium and Tech crowd for the North Carolina game earlier this year. Jackets' defensive coordinator Dave Wommack is recruiting Martin as a hybrid linebacker/safety type.

"I was at the North Carolina game and I really enjoyed it. I talk to Coach Wommack a lot," he said. "They like me as a hybrid guy who could play either position. I watched the Georgia game on Saturday and it was a good game. They probably would have won if Demaryius Thomas didn't drop that pass."

Martin is friends with current Jacket Anthony Egbuniwe who went to the same high school and he looks up to current Jacket safety Morgan Burnett.

"I have talked to Anthony about Georgia Tech and what it is like. He says it is a great school and the academics are great. I know him personally so I trust his opinion. I also like Morgan a lot and they told me it is a great place to play."

Several other schools are also looking at the safety including, Ohio State, Alabama, Virginia, Clemson and UCLA. Martin would not be surprised if the Jackets are the first to offer him though.

"I am getting a lot of mail, but so far I don't have any offers. I think when schools get my junior film the offers will start coming. Coach Wommack told me they are close to offering and just need to see my film," Martin said.

The six-foot-one 210-pound safety was supposed to visit Alabama and North Carolina earlier this year, but was unable to attend those games. As a kid, Martin grew up a Miami fan and he is hoping the Hurricanes get into the picture as well.

"I grew up a big Miami fan," he said. "I am interested in them as well."

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