Top DE Talks Nike Camp, Visit

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Roanoke Rapids (N.C.) defensive end Kareem Martin is one of the most athletic rising seniors in the Tar Heel state. Not only does he excel on the gridiron, but the 6-6, 230-pound prospect almost averaged a triple-double in basketball and is currently running track. Martin’s athleticism was on display on Sunday at the Nike Training Camp in Charlottesville.

“It was the most diverse of the camps I had been to. A lot of good athletes were up there,” Martin said. “I felt I stacked up real well. I only lost maybe one or two one-on-ones. The ones I lost were to the MVP of the camp and I actually beat him (Petersburg OL and West Virginia commit Quintin Spain) once.”

Martin turned in a successful junior season – racking up 121 tackles with five sacks – and looks for greater success as a result of participating in camps and combines.

“It’ll help out a lot because, when I go to these camps, I play against the best players in the region,” Martin said. “Playing against them really helps develop my skills, especially when I play against players who aren’t on the same level.”

The Roanoke Rapids star rising senior arrived in Charlottesville a day early to tour the University of Virginia. He had taken an unofficial visit for a spring practice just weeks prior, but this time around he and his family enjoyed a closer look.

“We got a tour and met the coaches again,” Martin recalled. “It was a more in-depth tour. It was more individualized. The last time we went, we went on a quick tour of the campus before seeing a practice. This time around, we met with academic advisors and support staff. We learned about the school and the support staff.

“Virginia is a nice place. I got to know Coach Lineburg, my recruiting coach, a lot more. He gave a good tour. He told us a lot of stuff we didn’t know before because he actually went there. He really shed more light on UVa.”

What is Martin’s take on Virginia after two visits?

“Virginia is a good school,” Martin said. “Getting to know the coaching staff better is helping them