Two Official Visits Down, Three to Go?

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Roanoke Rapids (N.C.) defensive end Kareem Martin has now taken two official visits, and at this point the likelihood is that he’ll make more before committing to a school. The 6-6, 240-pound senior, one of Virginia Tech’s top remaining targets in the 2010 class, says he “most likely” will make all five official visits.

Clemson, North Carolina and Virginia Tech – three of Martin’s five finalists – are no doubt hoping he follows through. Nothing has been scheduled at this point, but Martin says he is working on it.

“I just left [an official visit to] Duke and I took an official visit to Georgia Tech,” Martin said. “I had a great time on both trips. On these visits, I’m mainly looking at the players. Those are the guys I’m going to be with 100-percent of the time. I have to fit in with the players. It’s important for me to feel I can fit it with my teammates.”

Martin, who didn’t name a clear favorite, has been to each of his finalists at least once. This includes Virginia Tech, a school the athletic d-end has visited twice.

“I think I’m going to make it back for an official,” said Martin, who visited Tech in July and again last month. “I went to the Nebraska game. The atmosphere was amazing. The crowd was into it the whole game. They have a great team, offensively and defensively. I can see why they are always competing for ACC championships and in the running for national championships.”

Martin has a scholarship from each of the five finalists regardless of when he decides.

“It’s nice that there is not any pressure,” Martin said. “It’s nice to know that I can take my time.”

A mild-mannered, laid-back personality, Martin has kept the recruiting process under control as he helps Roanoke Rapids try and capture a conference championship. The team is well on its way, holding a 4-0 conference record (6-3 overall) with just two conference games remaining.

Martin worked hard this offseason to add bulk and become more