Cougs still on top for 4-star DL prospect?

MARTIN, CIRCA 2010

CHRIS MARTIN, the 4-star d-line junior college prospect out of City College of San Francisco, has become a big name since his recent official visit to Washington State. Following that trip, he said the Cougars were the No. 1 team with the junior college signing period coming up fast. Does he still feel the same way? CF.C asked him about that and more...

Chris Martin (6-5, 260) took his first official visit to Washington State back on Dec. 1. Since then, Scout.com has bumped up his ranking to 4 stars and his phone hasn't stopped ringing with college coaches showing increased interest. This week alone he has received offers from Syracuse and Nebraska.

"It's getting to the point where I'm getting calls from a lot of schools everyday," Martin said with a laugh. "It's mainly Washington State, Syracuse, Kansas and Nebraska right now."

One of those coaches is Washington State area recruiter and special teams coach Eric Russell. Martin and Russell have developed a close relationship and have been talking frequently over the past two weeks.

"I actually talked with him a little bit earlier (Wednesday)," Martin said. "He was just catching up with me and seeing how things were progressing with my recruitment. It was just a normal talk like we always have, but I've been having those talks with several coaches. I just enjoy being comfortable having those close conversations with the coaches that have been trying to build a relationship with me."

Martin, who is on pace to graduate this month and enroll with a four year university in January, said the Cougs still remain at the top, but he is still considering other schools.

"I wouldn't say it's really changed (Wazzu at the top), but it's been my only visit," Martin said. "If I had to pick today, given I haven't been anywhere other than WSU, obviously I'd be more inclined to chose them, but I still want to take other visits."

Martin will take an official visit to Kansas this weekend and said he's excited to take in the sites in Lawrence and get a feel for the Jayhawks program. It's something he said he thoroughly enjoyed doing while in Pullman.

"Oh man I haven't forgotten that trip," Martin said of WSU. "I had an amazing time on my visit and it was great getting to know all the people out there. They gave me that family vibe."

As has been previously reported by CF.C, Martin's original foray from high school to college was arduous. He originally verbally committed to Notre Dame his junior year before decommitting and switching to California his senior season. After signing with Cal, he soon transferred to Florida but never played for the Gators and has spent the past two years at two junior colleges. But he and WSU didn't spend time talking about the past on his trip.

"It was just comforting knowing that I wouldn't be judged," Martin said. "When we talked, it was all about the future of Washington State and the difference I could make there. They never brought up anything about what happened to me in my past and I really liked that. The players and coaches were the kind of people I enjoy being around."

Martin will head to Kansas this weekend and is in the process of trying to schedule other official visits. He is hoping to make his final college decision sooner than later. The junior college signing period begins Dec. 19.

"I'm also hoping to visit Nebraska and Syracuse, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to because of some of the dead periods," Martin said. "If that's the case, then I will try to make my decision shortly after I take my visit to Kansas. If I am able to schedule other visits, then I'll make my decision after taking those trips as well."

Martin, who said the other schools recruiting him are pretty even, added that he was very intrigued by the recent Nebraska offer.

"It's exciting for me," Martin said. "They have a great program up there and they said they need my help. It gives me a proud sense that maybe a school that has been very competitive in the Big-10 for so long is interested in me. Coach (Bo) Pelini has had a lot of success with that program and getting that offer was an honor for me."

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