Kareem Martin gets star treatment from Georgia Tech

Kareem Martin said his official visit to Georgia Tech this past weekend went flawlessly and elevated the Yellow Jackets significantly in his eyes. But not so much that he’d be willing to cancel other trips.

So it will likely be after the football season before Martin lets Tech know whether or not he’ll be playing on The Flats next fall. But in the meantime he definitely like what he saw.

“I had a great time,” said Martin, who is also considering North Carolina, Clemson, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. “It helped [Georgia Tech] a lot. I liked everything about it. But being an official visit, I need to take some official visits to other places so I can compare them fairly.”

Martin is a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end from Roanoke Rapids, N.C. He is pretty much the Jackets’ only remaining target for the 2010 recruiting class. Tech already has 12 commitments for its February signing class and, unless there is some sort of roster attrition between now and then, it won’t be able to sign but one more player.

As basically that designated player and the only official visitor of the weekend, Martin got the full attention of the Georgia Tech staff and a number of players and commitments.

Last Saturday began ridiculously early for Martin. He had to wake up at 3:15 a.m., mere hours after his high school team — named the Yellow Jackets, by the way — won their third game of the season 27-21 over Louisburg. Martin and his father then made the 90-minute drive to the Raleigh-Durham Airport, hopped a plane and arrived in Atlanta around 9:30 a.m.

The Martins were immediately whisked away from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to Bobby Dodd Stadium so Kareem could partake in the team’s pregame activities before facing off against North Carolina.

“They wanted me to walk down Yellow Jacket Alley with the team, which I did,” Martin said. “That was pretty cool. I was impressed with all the fans that were there before the game.”

Martin said he and his father then hung out on the field during pregame warmups.

“I talked to Coach [Paul] Johnson for a little while and we met a few of the commits,” Martin said. “I enjoyed that, getting to know a lot of different people and hearing about Tech from somebody other than the coaches.”

From a designated area behind the Tech student section, Martin sat and watched the Yellow Jackets steamroll North Carolina 24-7.  That would seem significant since North Carolina is one of the four other teams he is seriously considering. But not necessarily, he said.

“They did pretty good against Carolina; they dominated the game,” Martin said. “But you can’t base your decision on how one team does against another team in one game. There’s more to it than that.”

After the game, Martin rested at his hotel for a couple of hours. That night he was treated to a dinner out at the pricey Capital Grille in Buckhead. Then he hung out with host Izaan Cross and several other players.

After breakfast Martin and his father got to meet one-on-one with Johnson and talk the business of football.

“That went well,” Martin said. “We just talked about the game and about football and what the future is with the team. He was real straight forward about what their situation is. He was real straight forward with me and I like that.”

Martin also learned more about Tech’s School of Management. A 4.0 student in his high school’s honors program, Martin had planned on pursuing a business degree in college.

“They have a real good management school,” Martin said. “I learned that a high percentage of their graduates get good jobs because there are so many major corporations there in Atlanta. That was good to know.”

Now, Tech waits.

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September 30th, 2009
6:39 am



September 30th, 2009
6:58 am

Stuyd hard and you will be a success. If you are serious about football and wish to get to the next level, VT is the program for you of the ones you have on your list.



September 30th, 2009
7:33 am

Sounds like a solid player and a top-notch young man. Best of luck to him regardless of where he ends up,….but he sure would look good in old gold and white.

Frank,……18 days.


September 30th, 2009
8:27 am

Just passing through folks. :) Sounds like a nice hard-working young man. Best of luck to him and Tech (except against by beloved Dawgs). :)


September 30th, 2009
8:30 am

Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit down on the flats. Take your time and make the best decision for yourself. That being said, we hope you decide to come to Georgia Tech and play defense for the Rambling Wreck! Good luck to you Kareem.


September 30th, 2009
8:46 am

Enter your comments here

It’s Roanoke Rapids, NC. Geez.

Good luck Mr Martin

September 30th, 2009
8:48 am

Best of luck to you Kareem, sounds like we will see you perform at Bobby Dodd in one way or another…. selfishly, I hope you are in the gold and white! GO JACKETS!


September 30th, 2009
8:55 am

Business major, eh? If he wants to do traditional business, then UNC is the place. But if he wants to be an IT manager, then Georgia Tech is the place. But if it is for football reasons, it should be Georgia Tech, where he could perhaps start as a true freshman. Even at Miami, Butch Davis was rather mediocre until he got one of the most talented teams in college football history, more talented than the FSU teams of the 90s and USC currently. Davis isn’t going to get that type of talent to UNC, so it looks like 8-5 or 9-4 is the ceiling for that program. By contrast, Paul Johnson was beating major conference schools at Navy, and went 9-4 at Georgia Tech in his first year.


September 30th, 2009
9:00 am

I am very familiar with the 85 scolarship rule, but will someone explain to me why Tech has only 12-13 this year while uga has over 20 EVERY year? 85/5=17; 85/4=21. I know uga red-shirts just as many as TECH does.


September 30th, 2009
10:21 am

I wonder if CPJ is going to call him “stupid” in front of his parents or say GOD D— like he shouts on the side lines?

Charles Boyer

September 30th, 2009
10:25 am

Butch Davis is getting his clock cleaned in-state this year by a combination of out-of-state teams and NC State, who got another major NC player in Fre’shad Hunter – the #4 DE nationally. Additionally, Tom O’Brien and staff have gotten Robert Crisp, the best OL player, among others. UNC fans like to say in-state recruiting is down, and that they are a national program that recruits the entire country. Sure, if you say so.

Thing is, Davis has been busy greyshirting players and dismissing others, and that is starting to become apparent to NC HS coaches. His star is dimming up here, and while he may yet pull in some more HS stars, in NC, he is starting to be compared to the all-swagger and few-wins Chuck Amato.

Re: Ed-Convington

September 30th, 2009
10:32 am

Because of a self-reported NCAA violation, our punishment was a reduction of scholarships. That punishment ends after the 2010 class I believe.


September 30th, 2009
10:41 am

I think Tech gives him the best chance for a combo of Academics and a chance to be drafted as a DE.

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September 30th, 2009
11:00 am

I know about the self-reports, but wasn’t that like 3 or 4? How did we lose 10 or 11? uga and other sec & ACC schools have had plenty of self-reports, also; yet they all seem to have over 20 scholarships to offer.

Not Disappointed

September 30th, 2009
11:04 am

We would love to have you on the Flats! Good luck to you.

Ramblin Wreck!


September 30th, 2009
11:06 am

The class of 2010 will be the first one to get us to the full allotment of 85, as PJ has not used his full available allotment the last two years in order to balance the class distribution on the roster (there are only 6 scholarship seniors on the current squad, only 3 of which see any PT).


September 30th, 2009
11:15 am

Kareem: Thank you for considering GT in your recruiting process/college search process. GT is a very special place. I truly believe that the academic rigor will prepare any student for the game of life. Having attended 4 other colleges also, I can truly say there is no place like it. We would love to have you at Tech, but please do your due diligence looking at other schools and make the decision that is right for you and your family.

Go Jackets!!


September 30th, 2009
11:19 am

I am not sure if he needs any inspiration, but a degree from GT has clout and we are close family. The head of the entire Wal-Mart corp is a GT grad. Football is fun and pro would be great, but bet on life young man, come to Atlanta and insure your long term future. I wish you and your family the best.


September 30th, 2009
11:34 am

Tech has only about 6 Seniors on Scholarship. CPJ is also holding back some scholarships to even out the number available each year so there’s not a drop off from a senior laden team to a team full of So.’s and Jr.’s like we had and have had since he got here.


September 30th, 2009
2:53 pm

While the management school is excellent, the IE school is even better and provides you with more options upon graduation including business.

Go IE!

GA Tech Insider

September 30th, 2009
2:57 pm

Kareem and his family seemed to have enjoyed their visit to GA Tech this past weekend, and hopefully they left with a better understanding of what it would be to be a part of the Yellow Jacket family and the lifetime of advantages that will be with him well beyond his playing days.

After all, football can only be played for so long, and even if someone is lucky enough to make it to the pros, they better be smart enough to be able to manage their money so that when they retire, they’ll have something waiting for them that they can fall back on. We’ve all seen too many athletes who have blown through their money and had nothing when they needed it the most. A great education will help prepare a young man for a life beyond his playing days.

Kareem now has a few more official visits before he begins to wind down his recruitment, as well as as few more unofficial visits I’m sure, so I would suspect we’ll have a bit of a wait before we know when an official announcement will be made where this young man will be playing next season.

Regardless of where it will be, Kareem is the epitome of a “scholar athlete” and any program will do well to have this young man choose their program. He has worked hard on the field and in the classroom and it’s obvious that his parents have been rock-solid beside him throughout his life. Best of luck to the young man. I wish Kareem would come to GA Tech; he would make a great Tech man.



September 30th, 2009
3:21 pm

@ tech_ie

Second that!


September 30th, 2009
3:23 pm

Glad to see this young man is an ACC fan. Just be true to your heart and hork hard.


September 30th, 2009
3:47 pm

what good is joe hamiltons degree doing him? I can hardly understand the dude.


September 30th, 2009
5:08 pm


Can you tell me what a degree has to do with one’s ability to communicate? Using your logic, I understand Joe Hamilton much better than Herschel or Moreno. Good grief….

Big B CH 99

September 30th, 2009
5:33 pm

the reason Tech has so few scholarships for next yr, is exactly as they said we only have a handful of scholarship Sr.’s, most of our scholarship players are young guys that’ll be here for several years (Fr. & Soph.)

I’m currently a GT Management student, & no one realizes that GT’s College of Management (CoM) is pretty much a full school of business. You concentrate in one or two areas (that they call disciplines of Management) including: Accounting, Finance, Marketing, International Business, IT Management, Operations. AGT BS in Management w/ a concentration in Marketing is the same thing as getting a BBA w/ a Major in Marketing.

The GT CoM is pretty much a full school of business, & its also supposed to be really good. Personally, I think it’s mislabeled, it needs to be called a College of Business, so that everyone knows what it is.

Mike Vick

October 1st, 2009
8:51 am


October 2nd, 2009
12:40 am


Why is it during CMR’s career when UGA play a cupcake at the start of a season, off field transgressions get a 1 game suspension and when UGA plays a real team at the beginning then coincidently there are no reported transgressions?

CMR has cultivated a great personna that the media and others have bought into – too bad its only a mirage


January 8th, 2010
5:49 pm

Hey Brother, like a few have said…GA Tech is a nice program,,but they dont win Bowl games..Every year they let the ACC down..I dont have to beat you over the head that the place that will take you to the next level is in Blacksburg..BFoster can use you to stept in fro JWorlids..NoBrainer!!