Thursday, September 24, 2009

Martin visits Hokies, will be hosted by Yellow Jackets this weekend.

Roanoke Rapids High DE Kareem Martin is visiting his final five schools—he recently narrowed his choices to Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.

“I took him to Virginia Tech last weekend on an unofficial visit for the game (the Hokies’ 16-15 win over Nebraska) and he had a great time,” said Roanoke Rapids coach Russell Weinstein this morning. “He and his dad are going on an official visit to Georgia Tech this weekend for the North Carolina game.”

So who’s leading in the chase for the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Martin, the No.16 player on our NC Top 25 Prospects list?

“I wish I knew,” Weinstein said with a laugh. “He plays his cards close to the vest. I asked his dad last week and even he didn’t know.”

What we do know is that Martin hasn’t made anything less than a “A” in a course since the ninth grade, according to his coach.

“And he takes all honors and advanced placement courses,” Weinstein said.

“He’s just a great player. He has 4.65-second speed in the 40-yard dash and great athletic ability.”

Martin is averaging more than 12 tackles through five games, with three caused fumbles and two blocked punts.

--Stan Olson

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