Top Defensive End Prospect Visits VT

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In addition to First Colonial safety/linebacker Nick Dew, a second top uncommitted high school senior was in Blacksburg on Saturday. 6-6, 240-pound defensive end Kareem Martin , accompanied by his head coach and his father, made the trek to Blacksburg to see a Virginia Tech home game for the first time.

“It was a good trip, a good time and a great game,” said Roanoke Rapids (N.C.) head coach Russell Weinstein.

“Kareem didn’t make any type of commitment, but he enjoyed the trip.”

Martin, who is also considering Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech and North Carolina, met with Virginia Tech’s coaching staff before and after the game. It was his second experience at Virginia Tech in as many months, as he visited in late July as well.

“Kareem actually went in with all the other recruits there. He got to meet the other kids there and he went out on the field prior to the game,” Weinstein said. “He met Coach Beamer and shook his hand. During the meal before the game, he was able to speak with Coach Foster. And we talked to Coach Wiles for about 15 minutes after the game before we went home.”

Coach Weinstein says all five finalists remain under serious consideration, but, as has been the case throughout, it is tough reading which way his star player may be leaning.

“He keeps everything real close to the vest,” Weinstein said. “He doesn’t really share his thoughts or information. Him and his dad were in the car with me [on Saturday] and he barely said anything. His parents want him to make the choice that’s right for him. They’ll support whatever he wants to do. I honestly believe he is not ready to make a decision. He’s still in the process of deciding. I do know he really enjoyed the trip to Virginia Tech, though.”

Besides the trip to Virginia Tech, Martin visited UNC unofficially for the Citadel game. Up next is trip to Georgia Tech this weekend, when the Yellow Jackets take on the Tar Heels in a key conference match-up. This weekend’s visit to Atlanta will be an official visit.

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