Georgia Tech gets official visit from N.C. DE Kareem Martin

Georgia Tech has already built an impressive recruiting class and has almost completely maxed out with 12 commitments, all of them from the state of Georgia. But the Yellow Jackets wouldn’t mind adding at least one more special player, even if it upsets the all-Georgia theme.

Kareem Martin, one of the top defensive ends in North Carolina, will be on campus this weekend as Tech’s only official visitor. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Martin is described by Roanoke Rapids High School coach Russell Weinstein as “a coach’s dream.” And one can see why, what with the 4.0 grade-point average in AP honors coursework and a 4.65 40-yard dash timed by college scouts.

“He’s an impact player on defense,” said Weinstein,  who said Martin finished third in state in the high jump last year. “He can play standing up on the outside or with a hand on the ground. He’s averaging 12 tackles a game for us and teams are scheming away from him. He’s three-sport all-conference in football, basketball and track.”

Georgia Tech was one of the first schools to come hard after Martin and that’s why he lists the Jackets as one of his five finalists. The other four are Clemson, Duke, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.

“I started getting letters from them last year and I talked to [Tech assistant] Coach[Todd] Spencer a few times on the phone,” Martin said. “Then they came to my school last spring and we kind of built a relationship from there.”

Martin actually has already been on the Tech campus, coming down with his parents to get a first look on an unofficial visit in July. But he plans to take a really hard look at everything this weekend.

“Really I’m just trying to see the atmosphere and see how the players interact with each other and with the coaches,” said Martin, who gets 3-star ratings from both Rivals.com and Scout.com. “I plan on studying business. Normally an engineering school doesn’t have a business school but Tech says it has a good management program so that’s one of the things I’m going to look into.”

Don’t be fooled though. While academics are important to Martin, it’s football that first attracted him to The Flats.

“They’ve put some pretty good D-ends in the league and they have some good ones there now,” referring to the likes of former Jackets Anthony Hargrove, Michael Johnson and Darryl Richard and current star Derrick Morgan. “I know they’ve got a great coaching staff there. They came in there and won the ACC, or at least tied for it, with a brand new coaching staff and that says a lot about the future of the program.”

No matter how well it goes this weekend, however, Martin said he has no plans to commit on the spot.

“I’m planning to take all my visits,” he said, with dates planned for Clemson on Oct. 17, Duke on Oct. 23 and Virginia Tech and North Carolina some time after that.

“It’s pretty even,” Martin said. “I don’t have a true leader or anything at this point.”

29 comments Add your comment

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 25th, 2009
11:24 am

Tech needs this guy bad. They don’t really have that great a recruiting class coming in at their positions of need. They need d-line.

rduck

September 25th, 2009
12:04 pm

Seems like a very fine young man and great athlete. Hope you have a great time this Saturday on the flats. We jacket fans would love to see you in a Tech uniform next year. Good luck to you wherever you decide to go.

K

September 25th, 2009
12:51 pm

I heard he said that he does not wanna come watch that highschool offense every sat. Booooooooooring!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vick=Dog killing thug

September 25th, 2009
12:53 pm

K

Ga Techs highscool offense plays on Thursdays. Real college football is played on Saturdays.

Billy

September 25th, 2009
1:02 pm

Imagine that… A GT story and the haters are out already. The “high school offense” has been around for decades in COLLEGE. Try to learn a little history. And the last time that I checked, Tech plays this Saturday. What a couple of morons…

Pi$$onaDawg

September 25th, 2009
1:08 pm

K & Vick I must be DRUNK because I think I just watched #4 Ole Miss(an SEC team) play So. Carolina(a weak SEC sister) play on THURSDAY NIGHT ESPN. WOW the big bad SEC has to play on Thur. Night. HAHAHAHAHA. I think I saw 2 good D’s and 2 top 50 teams. I want to play Saturday Night in the SEC at UGA and then spend my Sunday collecting TRASH on my campus.

wiley

September 25th, 2009
1:11 pm

High school offense? what does that say about the defenses that allowed 400 plus rushing yards. Nebraska ran almost the same offense and UF runs a very similar form…out of the shotgun. Anyway this kid is a solid DE and a very smart individual with a bright future. I hope he comes to GT and gets some playing time his freshman year. We will be young for a little while on the D line but after we build some depth…tech’s lines will be among the nations best. Last years class had quite a few DTs and DEs and this one will have quite a few as well. GO Jackets!

GT4Ever

September 25th, 2009
1:27 pm

Vick=Dog killing thug

September 25th, 2009
12:53 pm
K

Ga Techs highscool offense plays on Thursdays. Real college football is played on Saturdays.

I do believe two SEC teams played last nigh and one WAS ranked #4. So I guess the SEC is on the road to becoming a high school league, HUH?

THis kid sounds great!!! Bring him on board.

Excusez-moi

September 25th, 2009
2:08 pm

Unranked South Carolina just figured out #4 Ole Miss’ pro style offense last night…Good luck young man.
Go Jackets!

Red Neck= Deer Killing Thug

September 25th, 2009
3:25 pm

That garbage you rusty 4 wheel drive pushing, half sister marrying road kill grilling mutts trot out on Saturday is a football team?

Not Disappointed

September 25th, 2009
3:40 pm

Good luck young Man. We would love to have you at the Flats.

Ramblin Wreck!

who cares

September 25th, 2009
4:30 pm

Enter your comments here
No top recruit only lists ACC schools in his top 5. If this guy was a top player he would have SEC schools in his list, but he probably wasnt goood enough to get offered by any SEC schools. So go to tech, or clemson, or va.tech, and just hope you dont have to play an SEC school in a bowl game one day. ACC= no BCS bowl victories ever. PATHETIC!!!!

Supersize that order, mutt

September 25th, 2009
4:48 pm

The only reason UGAG REFUSES to play Thursday night games is because they know the tractors couldn’t get home in time to plow the fields Friday morning

Geori

September 25th, 2009
4:48 pm

Maybe he actually wants to be a student and an athlete? Those five are better schools than everywhere in the SEC but Vandy, UF and UGA.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 25th, 2009
4:57 pm

Geori, you include UF and UGAG with Vandy??? There is no comparison. But you’re right, the 5 in the ACC are certainly better than all the SEC schools except Vandy

et

September 25th, 2009
6:18 pm

If he is really into academics, he’ll go to Ga Tech, Duke or UNC. Of the three, the best football program is Ga Tech, then UNC then Duke. If he’s a thug at heart, he’ll like Va Tech.

I Bleed White and Old Gold

September 25th, 2009
9:52 pm

Quite a resume! I for one want to see this student-athlete on GT’s campus for 4-5 years.

Patrick

September 25th, 2009
11:28 pm

Who cares?? It’s ACC football and the only teams are Miami and FSU. Yes, Miami whipped some serious (I mean SERIOUS) butt on GT and those insects still have to play FSU, right? The bees will not (I mean NOT) get by VT or FSU; however, the gnats just might (just MIGHT) get by UNC with the help of the ref’s. GT – way, WAY overrated. We’ll see, won’t we? THWGT!!!

Dogsdroolcatsrule

September 26th, 2009
12:48 am

Vick=Dog killing thug

Can you guess which College got beat by a high school offense?

Topp Dogg

September 26th, 2009
7:19 am

If he is gay he will go to GT ,if he likes girls he will go some place else.

Demonic Deacon

September 26th, 2009
8:51 am

CPJ “Are you that stupid?”

ray ray

September 26th, 2009
9:01 am

paul johnson

September 26th, 2009
9:02 am

does my face really look like an ass?

Georgie fans pathetic

September 26th, 2009
9:52 am

All one has to do is read this supposedly Georgia Tech blog to see that uga fans are pretty pathetic and ignorant. Didn’t realize they were so obsessed with Tech. Sad.

Idiots

September 26th, 2009
4:02 pm

Hey Mr. Who Cares,

Maybe you should look up scores before you actually say the ACC hasn’t won a BCS bowl. VT beat Cincy in the orange bowl recently and in 2000 FSU won the BCS National Championship.

Moron.

Dr. Nick

September 27th, 2009
9:35 am

Enter your comments hereGreat comeback win for the Jackets–Let me check with my yard workers to see how UGAG did!!If Mr. Martin wants a good education then he can’t do much better than a GT degree.

Blaster

September 27th, 2009
12:02 pm

Record days for Stafford and Moreno last year against Tech, but still lose to a “high school” offense? Come on mutts, you look like fools every time you mention it,

Chad

September 27th, 2009
9:32 pm

If I was a Defensive End that wanted to play at the next level I would look strongly at Tech they have had a few drafted lately and one right now that will be playing on Sundays as well.

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mdh

January 25th, 2010
7:47 pm

he picked the best mix of football and academics on his list – UNC