January 13, 2008

Martin makes the switch

The connection between Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville high school and Ohio State has been a strong one over the past several years. While the Buckeyes don't get every player that they want from under the tutelage of Ted Ginn, Sr. they get the lion's share of Tarblooders. The pipeline paid off again with the commitment of fullback Jermil Martin on Sunday morning.

With the departure of three scholarship fullbacks (Dionte Johnson, Tyler Whaley and Trever Robinson) the need was there for a fullback in the class of 2008 to go along with Aram Olson and Martin was more than happy to switch his pledge up from Iowa to the Buckeyes when the opportunity was given to him.

"It has always been my dream to go there and play," Martin said. "I have been waiting for an offer from them for a long time and I finally got it so I jumped at it."

The coaches were happy to have Martin join the class of 2008 but also told the 6-foot-1, 230-pounder that the road is not done with his commitment and that he has some business that he has to take care of with the books.

"First they told me congratulations and told me that I have to do my part and that I will be okay with the ACT (test) and all," Martin said. "But he said that he was very excited and happy to have me."

Martin and his mother made the trip from Cleveland on Friday night and had a chance to see the campus and meet with the coaching staff and the team.

"We went to the Woody Hayes (Facility) and checked it out a little bit," Martin said. "Everything was really nice. I just kind of hung out with the guys and checked out the dorms and everything."

Taurian Washington played the role of host for Martin during the weekend but the Tarblooder star used the opportunity to hang out with some former teammates while in town.

"I was trying to hang out with some of the Glenville guys," Martin said. "I wanted to see Jermale Hines but he ended up coming up to Cleveland for the weekend so I couldn't get with him. I still got a chance to hang out with Jamario O'Neal and Rob Rose."

Martin had initially committed to Iowa back in December but when the Buckeyes offered a scholarship it made the decision an easy one for the future fullback.

"Iowa is a great place but when you want to compare the two schools there is not a comparison to me," Martin said. "Academically they offered the same thing and that was the most important thing to me but football-wise and being from the state of Ohio and having (the opportunity to be an Ohio State alumni) it means a lot more than everyone thinks."

Martin spent a lot of time talking with running backs coach Dick Tressel during his visit. Martin was very impressed with how helpful the elder Tressel was and looks forward to playing under him and having the opportunity to further his development as a football player.

"I spoke with (Doc) a lot," Martin said. "He told me if I had questions about anything to just call and ask. After signing day they can give me all my information on paper but for now they can't do that."

Martin is the 17th member of the class of 2008 and likely won't be the only player to commit to the Buckeyes during this weekend. Keep it here at BuckeyeGrove.com for all the latest recruiting news from the big weekend on campus.

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