Star Defensive End Discusses Final Five

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Roanoke Rapids (N.C.) star defensive end Kareem Martin narrowed his list of schools to five last week. While he doesn’t appear close to committing anywhere, one thing is for certain…he’ll play college football in the ACC. Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Virginia Tech made the short list for the 6-6, 240-pound rising senior.

Martin discussed each of the five finalists and why they made the cut.

Clemson – “I’ve gotten to know my recruiter and my position coach pretty well. My position coach showed me around when I was down there. Clemson is a great school.”

Duke – “They’ve been recruiting me the longest, being the first to offer me. I’ve known the staff the longest and they are trying to put together a winning program. Duke is a great school academically.”

Georgia Tech – “Georgia Tech has a new staff they tied for the division last year. Coach [Paul] Johnson was Coach of the Year in the ACC. I saw what he had done with Navy in the past years, bringing them to be the best of the military programs. I think he can have the same success with Georgia Tech.”

North Carolina – “UNC was my team growing up. I’ve gotten to know the coaches for two years now. I’ve been up a few times. A few players from my school went there. It is a great academic institution. In football, they are working to be a national player.”

Virginia Tech – “The coaching staff is phenomenal. They’ve been there so many years and never really had a down year. There is always potential for them to win a national championship.”

Narrowing the list to five “was kind of tough,” Martin said. “You know, being that I visited a lot of schools and got to know a lot of coaches. Cutting ties with some of them was hard, but being that I’ve seen all five of the finalists I feel like I made the right choice.”

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