Tech Hosts Top Remaining Target

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Virginia Tech hosted one of its few remaining targets in the 2010 class this past weekend, when 6-6, 240-pound Roanoke Rapids (N.C.) defensive end Kareem Martin made an official visit. Martin, who is also considering Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech and North Carolina, still does not appear close to announcing a decision.

Roanoke Rapids head coach Russell Weinstein expects Martin to make at least one more official visit in this process,, though no other officials appear to have been set.

“I know he has taken official visits to Georgia Tech, Duke and now Virginia Tech,” Weinstein said. “I’m thinking he will take an official to UNC. I’m not sure about Clemson at this point.”

If Martin has an ideal date for announcing a commitment, Weinstein isn’t aware of it.

“He is waiting to finish up visits, and then I think he’ll sit down and evaluate everything. He hasn’t indicated a time frame to me. I feel like he’ll make some type of decision before Signing Day, but I don’t know when. I don’t know when, but once he’s ready I think he’ll clue everybody in,” said Weinstein.

And if Martin has a favorite, Weinstein doesn’t know it.

“You know just as much as I do,” Weinstein said with a laugh. “He plays things very close to the vest.”

Coach Weinstein hasn’t had an opportunity to speak at length with Martin about this past weekend’s visit, but he did catch up with the big-time defensive end briefly. It was Martin’s third visit overall to Blacksburg, as he visited unofficially twice earlier this year – once this summer and again for the Nebraska game.

“I don’t know a lot of details. He went with his parents. I did speak to him briefly and he said he really enjoyed the trip,” Weinstein said. “He was able to talk to some of the guys there and he enjoyed it.”

Martin does plan to play varsity basketball this season, but since his football season came to an end last week he should have more time to think about his college future. The NC/SC Shrine Bowl selection turned in a fantastic senior year, racking up 163 tackles including 25 tackles for loss (for negative 101 yards) and four sacks, 10 forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one blocked punt and one interception. Roanoke Rapids finished at 9-4, capturing a conference championship and winning a playoff game for the first time in

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