Kareem Martin showed why he is a coveted defensive end prospect in last Saturday’s North Carolina/South Carolina Shrine Bowl. The Roanoke Rapids senior shined In North Carolina’s 24-14 win, accounting for eight tackles including one tackle for an 11-yard loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
“He had a tremendous game,” Roanoke Rapids head coach Russell Weinstein said.
“I was not surprised at all with his performance. He is an excellent athlete and he repeated that in the Shrine Bowl. He showed great quickness and tenacious pursuit. He did not surprise me at all. He has great upside. Whatever program gets him will get a great young man and an excellent athlete.”
There are three finalists – Duke, North Carolina and Virginia Tech – in the race for Martin’s signature. The 6-6, 240-pound prospect has taken official visits to Duke, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech with the fourth and final official visit going to UNC on the weekend of January 15th. A decision is expected to come after the trip to UNC.
“I think all three finalists will receive serious consideration,” Weinstein said. “I think he is ready to make a decision. He has definitely done his homework. The young man has been very thorough in his recruiting process.”
According to Weinstein, Martin has yet to host Duke’s David Cutcliffe, UNC’s Butch Davis or Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer on in-home visits. And he is not sure if or when those will take place.
When schools starts back up in January, Weinstein says he’ll speak with Martin about the possibility of a press conference to reveal Martin’s college selection.
“We’ll see how he wants to handle it,” Weinstein said. “We’ll see if he wants to do it privately or hold a press conference. We have not finalized anything yet.”
Also a standout basketball player, Martin is currently suiting up for his high school’s varsity basketball squad. He has solid potential...
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