As one might expect, Martin's Vols gear turned plenty of heads.
"I love this Tennessee orange, and I'm going to wear it everywhere,'' said Martin, who played his high school career at East St. Louis (Ill.) Lincoln in orange and black colors. "I've told our staff, we've all got to be wearing orange when we go out anywhere.''
The one place Martin couldn't wear orange on Friday was into the home of former UT signee Kevin Ware, of Rockdale County High School in Conyers, Ga.
Martin said he discovered that UT has exhausted its NCAA-allotment of off-campus visits with the shooting guard, who asked for and was granted a release from his National Letter of Intent last week.
"We might see if we can file for a waiver, since we're a new coaching staff,'' Martin said. "I've talked with Kevin's parents by phone.''
It would be permissible under NCAA rules for Ware and his parents to come to the Knoxville campus for a visit. Ware is in Florida on spring break, so the earliest that could happen would be April 16-17.
Martin visited many coaches and prospects, though many top Georgia recruits that UT has targeted had left to play in AAU tournaments.
Martin did see 6-3 guard Derrick Henry of Newman High in Covington, Ga., a three-star prospect with offers from Virginia Commonwealth and Richmond.
On Thursday, Martin toured the Memphis high schools, including Melrose, where, according to coach Jeremaine Johnson, Martin "connected" with Vols signee Chris Jones.
"I think Coach Martin and Chris have been down the same path, raised by single mothers, coming from tough backgrounds,'' Johnson said. "Chris needs a good leader that he respects and will be on him and show him tough love.
"Just sitting down with Coach Martin and hearing his story, it sends a message to players how hard they'll have to work to overcome obstacles.''
UT assistant coach Jon Harris has been busy the past two days, too.
Harris was in Middle Tennessee on Thursday to see Class of 2012 wing Alex Poythress, a 6-7 prospect at Northeast High School in Clarksville. Poythress, ranked No. 35 by Rivals.com, also is being recruited by Vanderbilt, Florida, Georgia, Marquette and Memphis.
Jalen Lindsey, a 6-6 rising star in the Class of 2014 at the Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville, is another player with whom UT is keeping up.
The Vols are working on setting up a meeting with Class of 2011 center Lekan Ajayi, a 6-9, 230-pounder out of the Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem, N.C.
"Coach Martin said he wanted to come see me so we could talk,'' Ajayi said. "When I spoke to my coach, he said Tennessee would come see me, but I don't know when.''
The current contact period expires at midnight Sunday. A dead (no-contact) period then kicks in through April 14. The spring national signing period begins Wednesday and runs through May 18.
In addition to meeting and greeting, Martin and Harris are looking at setting up some official visits.
Josh Richardson, a 6-4 guard out of Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., has a standing scholarship offer and is expected to visit UT on April 15-16. Richardson is ranked No. 121 in the Class of 2011.