Martin Makes Final Visit, Eyes Decision

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Roanoke Rapids (N.C.) rising senior Kareem Martin , one of the top defensive end prospects in the East, trekked to Virginia Tech yesterday for what likely will be his last college visit before committing. The 6-6, 230-pound prospect hopes to know his college destination by the end of the month.

“This was my last visit, so now I start the process of eliminating schools and coming up with a decision,” Martin said. “Hopefully, I’ll be able to decide before our first game (on August 21st).”

Prior to the trip to Blacksburg, Martin had been to Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, N.C. State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. He had been impressed by Tech’s football program before the visit but returned home impressed by other aspects.

“It’s a nice place,” Martin said of Virginia Tech. He spent about four-and-a-half hours there. “It has a great campus. It has great facilities. Blacksburg is a nice small town. It was a nice trip overall.

“I knew a lot about the football side of things. I just really wanted to learn more about what the school has to offer. I wanted to learn more about what is there academically. Most of my questions were answered about the business school and different majors. They offer things I have some interest in. There is the possibility of a double-major there. It would be pretty easy to do there because most of the classes are the same in the business school.”

Asked if the visit met or exceeded expectations, Martin said, “The school itself impressed me more than I thought it would. I knew the football team is always in contention for championships, but I didn’t know much about the school.”

On the football front, Martin spent some time with head coach Frank Beamer and defensive coordinator Bud Foster.

“I talked to Coach Foster when I first got there,” Martin said. “He talked about the type of defense they run. Their defensive ends aren’t just there to hold up a tackle. They let their ends pin their ears back