Vols get commitment from South Carolina safety Martin

Pat Martin couldn’t keep his commitment to Tennessee a secret any longer.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound safety from JL Mann High School in Greenville, S.C., announced his commitment to UT on Sunday.

Martin said it’s a commitment he gave to the Vols’ coaching staff on June 26.

Football season is about to start,” Martin said. “I knew where I was going so I figured I’d stop leading schools on and go ahead and announce it.”

Martin, who chose UT over South Carolina, LSU and Oklahoma, said the Vols’ coaches were the difference in his recruitment.

UT’s recruitment of Martin began in the spring with defensive backs coach Terry Joseph.

Martin took several unofficial visits to Knoxville and developed a strong relationship with the entire staff, led by head coach Derek Dooley.

“I felt like I was at home at Tennessee,” Martin said. “Every time I visited I got the feeling it was the place for me.”

Martin plans to help UT become the home for several of the nation’s top-rated players.

He said he’s already made recruiting pitches for the Vols to prospects such as offensive lineman Antonio Richardson from Nashville, defensive tackle Gabe Wright from Columbus, Ga., and wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett from Saginaw, Mich.

“I’m going to talk (UT) up,” Martin said. “It should be a good influence.”

Just like the influence Dooley made on Martin’s decision.

Martin said he has confidence that Dooley has UT’s program going in the right direction.

“He knows what he’s doing,” Martin said of Dooley. “It’s a matter of time until Tennessee is up there with Alabama and Florida. We’ve just got to get the right kind of players.”

Martin’s decision probably isn’t a popular one in his hometown.

He told the News Sentinel on Saturday he often hears pressure from South Carolina fans wanting him to choose the Gamecocks.

Martin said that never factored into his decision.

“There are always going to be people who are going to hate and not accept your decision,” he said. “I can’t focus on them.

“I’m not worried about them. I’m worried about me. I really don’t care what people think. It’s my decision.”

Martin is UT’s 14th commitment for the 2011 class.

He’s the second commitment for the Vols in the last week, joining Catholic offensive lineman Kyler Kerbyson.

Josh Ward is a freelance contributor.

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bfowler1161#262198 writes:

Atta boy, welcome to Big Orange Country!

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

See. Dooley has been busy people.

GO VOLS!

mercuryvol writes:

Big get.

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

LSU and Oklahoma wanted him. So you nay-sayers that wanna bash this new staff for going after D-2 talent need to sit back down please.

rockytopatl writes:

(Repeating from the Fulmer thread)

KNS should be ashamed of how Rucker kicks their booty on breaking news. Tweet away, KNS!

Great pickup with Martin.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution unveiled its Super 11 today, their picks of the best players in talent-rich Georgia.

On the team is Brian Randolph, 6-foot, 180 pound running back and defensive back, a Tennessee commit.

Also on the team is A.J. Johnson, a 6-3, 225 pound linebacker from Gainesville. He's considering Clemson, Florida, and Tennessee.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

This is the headline I have been waiting on..WOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

punkin writes:

Some idiot is about to bring up star rating.

flafan2001 writes:

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yawn...he picked LA Tech East over South Carolina.

txsvol#372416 writes:

Ah, here is the report! Couldn't it be shown on the football site, too? SAVol

pj_ladyvolnMI writes:

Welcome to Vol Nation, Pat!! Wooooo!!!!

Smooth_as_Eggs writes:

Great pickup!

Attn JW: This is a very short posting for you. It would probably take about 30 seconds for you to proof this and see that the sentence, "He also consider LSU and Oklahoma" is incorrect.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons:

LSU and Oklahoma wanted him. So you nay-sayers that wanna bash this new staff for going after D-2 talent need to sit back down please.

..and the trolls that said he is too slow..Must not be too slow for LSU and Oklahoma to want him!!!

PoochPuntOn3rdDown writes:

4 Star! There, someone had to say it. That's two in a row.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to rockytopatl:

(Repeating from the Fulmer thread)

KNS should be ashamed of how Rucker kicks their booty on breaking news. Tweet away, KNS!

Great pickup with Martin.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution unveiled its Super 11 today, their picks of the best players in talent-rich Georgia.

On the team is Brian Randolph, 6-foot, 180 pound running back and defensive back, a Tennessee commit.

Also on the team is A.J. Johnson, a 6-3, 225 pound linebacker from Gainesville. He's considering Clemson, Florida, and Tennessee.

We could use another LB or two!! That would be a great pick-up!!

Smooth_as_Eggs writes:

in response to punkin:

Some idiot is about to bring up star rating.

Isn't he a 4-star? Not really too much to complain about here either way...

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

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yawn...he picked LA Tech East over South Carolina.

You left out two major schools, LSU and Oklahoma..I believe u did that on purpose..but whatever.

tnsportsman writes:

in response to AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons:

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

See. Dooley has been busy people.

GO VOLS!

EXCELLENT! You got that right PerfectSeason! CDD is getting it done! Love the way all these recruits talk so highly of CDD & Staff!

GO VOLS, WE ARE UT!

VolsDoc81TX writes:

He is a 4 star on rivals and a 3 star on scout.

Could care less about the stars, because now he is a Volunteer! That is the exciting part.

tree_em_smokey writes:

Four star player.....since stars are EVERYTHING. Great pick up for the VOLS. You can never have enough good DB's. Welcome Mr. Martin to Big Orange Country!!!!!!

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

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Hey Richie, What do u mean"close the deal"??Are the chances really high that we get him?? Fill me/us in!!!

brentonsean#656915 writes:

in response to AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons:

LSU and Oklahoma wanted him. So you nay-sayers that wanna bash this new staff for going after D-2 talent need to sit back down please.

Speaking of nay-sayers, where's rollinIhavemancrushon kiffin at? I sure it be something about his ranking on scout.com or he picked UT over South Carolina,ECU and Louisvile.

im4davols writes:

Not that it matters, just out of curiosity, do we finish with a top 15 recruiting class when it is all said and done?

Huttdawg100 writes:

This is from an interview with Ruston Daily Leader Sports Editor Buddy Davis. Scout interviewed him to gain a closer glimpse into Derek Dooley.

"Question: What kind of recruiter is he?

Answer: Recruiting is his strongest suit, I believe. First of all, he's got Hollywood good looks (tell him that for me) and is the second consecutive Tech head coach who could probably appear on the cover of GQ (following Jack Bicknell, whom we often kidded as being the "hunk of the WAC")Seriously, though, having been a lawyer doesn't hamper his communicative skills and he's passionate about what he believes in. In two to three years, I believe the Vols' fans will really see his impact in this area."

I expect things to snowball from here. Kerby started it, and I expect us to close strong.

Huttdawg100 writes:

Good Job Da'Rick Rogers!!!!

brentonsean#656915 writes:

in response to ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog:

You left out two major schools, LSU and Oklahoma..I believe u did that on purpose..but whatever.

He's UF fan on a UT site,so what does that tell ya?

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to brentonsean#656915:

He's UF fan on a UT site,so what does that tell ya?

That was my point, and he is a STALKER!!!

n2thecheckerboards2 writes:

in response to im4davols:

Not that it matters, just out of curiosity, do we finish with a top 15 recruiting class when it is all said and done?

yes

Rockytop10c writes:

This commit just pushed us into the top 25 for the upcoming recruiting class!

whippersnapper writes:

Welcome to Big Orange Country ! ! !

196SVol writes:

Stars don't matter. No one follows the number of stars anymore. Remember when we got Brown last year and that pushed us into the top 10 in recruiting? What did that get us other than an NCAA investigation.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog:

You left out two major schools, LSU and Oklahoma..I believe u did that on purpose..but whatever.

He also had offers from UCLA, Wisconsin and many others.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to civilianvol_formerly_marinevol:

He also had offers from UCLA, Wisconsin and many others.

Yeah..I think I saw that on his profile on Rivals.

Hillbilly_Orange writes:

Big pickup CDD, now get out there & bring home big Antonio Richardson. GO VOLS!!!!!!!!

jrobi124 writes:

The one thing I love about this young man is he wants to be here and he wants to help make this a top program again. welcome glad to have ya

txvolsfan writes:

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yawn...he picked LA Tech East over South Carolina.

Nice life U have reading on UT website
must be a closet fan or just a Gator

jjsteel writes:

Momma says...don't count your stars.

Vol4Life03 writes:

big pickup for cdd he is bringing in a good class already if you look at the talent and not the stars he has made a great foundation for what is later to come in the year good get cdd this kid is going to be a good player for the big orange GO VOLS

GerryOP writes:

in response to 196SVol:

Stars don't matter. No one follows the number of stars anymore. Remember when we got Brown last year and that pushed us into the top 10 in recruiting? What did that get us other than an NCAA investigation.

C'mon lil' zzgataboy ... why you comin' on here with your fake screen name and tellin' lies? You should be worrying about lil' Urbie. Who did he threaten, throw out of practice, challenge to a fight today?

Lil' zz, you heard it here first ... you're sitting on a time bomb.

Bigger_Al writes:

in response to 196SVol:

Stars don't matter. No one follows the number of stars anymore. Remember when we got Brown last year and that pushed us into the top 10 in recruiting? What did that get us other than an NCAA investigation.

You are an AssTroll, punk.

GerryOP writes:

You few remaining doubters better hop on board the Dooley bandwagon ... the good seats are goin' fast!

Where are all those clowns from a few months ago that were trying to tell us that Dooley couldn't recruit?

20 -- Fear The Dooley Dude...

oskie_score writes:

Welcome Pat!

A Great p/u for the Vols!

NOW...'bout those D-linemen.

According to ESPN TOP 150, Rivals TOP 100, & Scout TOP 100 the following have Tennessee in their TOP 5;

Ray Drew-DE http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/recrui...
Gabe Wright-DT http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/recrui...
Mickey Johnson-DT http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/recrui...
Colt Lyerla-DE http://recruiting.scout.com/a.z?s=73&...

Of course lots can happen between now and NSD (Feb 02, 2011) but Tennessee's standing w/ these (and other) elite prospects is encouraging.

Good luck CDD & Staff!

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to GerryOP:

You few remaining doubters better hop on board the Dooley bandwagon ... the good seats are goin' fast!

Where are all those clowns from a few months ago that were trying to tell us that Dooley couldn't recruit?

20 -- Fear The Dooley Dude...

I think they are disappearing as we speak, GerryOP..I think Witchie may have put a spell on them...LOL!!!

crimsonviper writes:

Solid pick up...Congrats.

jobrando#216494 writes:

anybody heard how many stars he has? probably just 1 or 2.. heck lets play ball and eat pizza

murrayvol writes:

in response to GerryOP:

C'mon lil' zzgataboy ... why you comin' on here with your fake screen name and tellin' lies? You should be worrying about lil' Urbie. Who did he threaten, throw out of practice, challenge to a fight today?

Lil' zz, you heard it here first ... you're sitting on a time bomb.

Gerry you must never lose sight of the fact that Urban wants "to do things right" i.e. telling Jevan Snead he was recruiting Tebow as a linebacker.

Please lighten up. Urban is about a half bubble off plumb already.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

Does anyone know when Antonio Richardson will announce his college of choice??

Vols7Twins writes:

any news on John Brown ?

mtowntim writes:

in response to ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog:

I think they are disappearing as we speak, GerryOP..I think Witchie may have put a spell on them...LOL!!!

The good WitchDoctor did work some juju last week. I believe it had something to do with some magic herb and a chicken. I hope W.D. keeps "IT UP", cause his magic seems to be working.

Welcome aboard Martin, glad to have your commitment!

GO VOLS!!!

DooleysOrangePants writes:

wait for it..........wait for it............Gataz and bammers didnt want him. ha ha ha. good get CDD.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

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Thanks for the info!! Sounds like we have a really good chance of snatching both of them..That would really boost our recruiting class.

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