Three-star defensive end Kareem Martin out of Roanoke Rapids, N.C. came to a decision today. The 6-foot-6, 222-pounder announced his choice at school at 3:30.
"I'm committing to North Carolina," he said. "Going into the visit I was already feeling North Carolina a lot. I knew if I had a good visit that was probably where I would go and the visit went really well with the players and that's what I wanted."
According to Martin it was a close choice.
"It was a real close decision," he said. "I got to know the coaching staffs at all three schools. They had all been recruiting me early in the process over the past year. I've spent a year knowing these guys and it was hard to say no to Duke and Virginia Tech. I built a relationship with them and that's what made it close."
So, what made Martin select the Tar Heels?
"When I started this recruiting process I put fanhood aside and wanted to make an educated decision," he stated. "North Carolina is a great academic school, one of the best in the country and a good football school. I think they are going to compete for the ACC championship really soon. I like the environment. I can spend the next four or five years there."
In addition, the recruiters were key as well.
"I think it just came down to the coaching staff," he said. "I liked them all, but Coach Blake and Browning weren't recruiting me, they just told me the facts and as long as I hear the truth I'm good."
With the Tar Heels, Martin sees the chance for early playing time.
"They expect me to play next year," he said. "They want me to come in and as long as things go right, play as a true freshman. They have special packages to get me experience once they lose a lot of guys."
Overall, Martin is excited about his choice and now looking forward to Signing Day.
"I'm really excited. I know where I'm going and I'm ready to take the next step."