U.S. Army All-American Enjoys Official Visit

Ben Martin

You could say that Scout.com five-star prospect Ben Martin has had a huge week. Earlier in the week he was selected to participate in the 2007 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. This weekend he visited the campus of Notre Dame for his first official visit.

Ben Martin, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound defensive end from La Salle High in Cincinnati, Ohio is one of the most heavily recruited players in the Nation.

He has consistently placed Notre Dame at or near the top of his list, and he had the chance to visit the school this weekend for an official visit.

"It was great," Martin responded when asked how the trip went. "I got to meet a lot of the players and talk to the coaches. I enjoyed getting the chance to talk with Coach (Charlie) Weis and (Rick) Minter."

"I also got to talk to a lot of the students. I love the students at Notre Dame. The facilities there are some of the best facilities in the country."

More importantly for Martin the visit allowed his parents the opportunity to see what Notre Dame is all about.

"I know what the coaches are like there because I get to talk to them as much as I want, but it let my parents find out what kind of people the coaches are," Martin informed. "My mom loved it. She has a better feel for Notre Dame."

Although Martin had an excellent visit he is not in a hurry to make a decision, and he still plans to work in official visits to Ohio State, Florida, and Tennessee before he announces his intentions.

"I feel the visit gives me a good starting point heading into my other official visits, but I would not say that they are my leader," Martin explained.

"All of the coaches that are recruiting me are real classy guys. You could say that Ohio State is kind of like my hometown school, and they produce quality NFL talent. I have always liked the SEC conference. You have to bring your ‘A' game every week to play in that conference."

Martin, who is rated by Scout.com as the No. 38 overall prospect in the country, was thrilled to be one of the 80 players selected nationwide for the Army All-American Bowl.

"It was a great honor," Martin said humbly. "I am just so thankful to everyone who gave me the opportunity. I am thankful for everything I have. My coaches and my family have always been behind me and supported me in whatever way I needed them to."

Martin does not have any other official visits scheduled at this point in time.

Martin compiled 28 solo tackles, 42 assists, 10 sacks, 15 tackles for loss, batted down three passes and caused four fumbles from his defensive end position as a junior in 2005.

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