Word surfaced a few weeks back that defensive end Randy Martinez out of Teaneck, N.J. was close to committing to Rutgers. Before he made any decision, the 6-foot-0, 231-pounder wanted to take an unofficial visit just over a week ago to Cincinnati.
"I went up to Cincinnati on an unofficial last week when they played South Florida," he said. "It was a really good visit. I got to see the campus, tour the facilities and meet the coaches. The facilities really stood out to me from that trip. I wasn't expecting such a huge weight room.
"I also like the game. They won and their defense played great. They scored once and had multiple sacks. Their defense got after the ball and I could tell the defensive ends were really fast and good pass rushers. I also liked the atmosphere. The game wasn't full since the Bengals were playing, but a lot of people really supported the team."
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After the trip, the No. 12 player in New Jersey thought it over and made his decision on Friday.
"I decided to call coach coach Dantonio and the staff," he said. "I told them I was confident that I wanted to commit and they were very excited.
"They want me to take an official in December so that I can talk to the other players. After I told them I was committing, they Mark Dantonio said that they need big playmakers to carry the team on defense and put it on their back to make them a winning program. I took that to heart and feel like I can be someone to help their team."
In the end what made Martinez pick the Bearcats over offers from Duke, North Carolina, Rutgers and others?
"It was the whole campus and atmosphere at Cincinnati," he said. "I liked it all a lot and the visit really put them ahead. I like that the coaches think I'll be able to play pretty early and they are a defensive oriented team. They have a really good defense that gets after the ball a lot and helps them to wins.
"The trip last week confirmed all my doubts. I was considering Rutgers a lot because they are closer to home, but I liked the atmosphere at Cincinnati and felt more at home there. Coach Dantonio made me feel like I'll fit in."
The three-star prospect is looking forward to making his way back to Cincinnati.
"I can't wait to be a Bearcat," he said. "I like how the fans support their team and I hope they'll come behind me so that I can be a good addition to the team."