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USC commit will take other visits

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Marcus Martin said he remains solidly committed to USC but the 6-foot-3, 357-pound offensive guard from Los Angeles Crenshaw still plans to take other official visits with probably two to Pac-10 schools.
"I'm still solid to USC but I plan on taking other official visits," Martin said. "Washington will probably be one of them and Arizona and maybe some others. I just don't know yet.
"I've never experienced college football outside of California so I'd like to see what it's like in other states and maybe get that opportunity. I'm still committed to USC but I'm still open to other offers as well."
Martin, a three-star prospect, committed to the Trojans on June 13 over offers from Arizona, UCLA and Washington. Some other programs are also showing interest in the massive offensive lineman.
Crenshaw teammate De'Anthony Thomas, the nation's top athlete and No. 5 overall prospect by Rivals.com, has also pledged to USC. Thomas is the top-rated player in California, one spot ahead of five-star wide receiver George Farmer in the national rankings.
Martin, one of the top offensive linemen at the USC NIKE Camp last spring, attended the USC-Washington game last weekend and afterward got a chance to chat with some coaches.
"It was a good visit," Martin said. "I talked to some of the players after the game and I talked to the coaching staff. I got to talk to coach (James) Cregg and coach (Kennedy) Pola after the game.
"They were just saying they could've improved on the defensive side of the ball and being able to contain (Jake) Locker. They said the offense needs to work a little harder up front and they'll be able to run the ball a little more."
Rivals.com rates Martin as the No. 22 offensive guard nationally and No. 31 in the California state rankings. He's made no secret that other official visits could happen, talking about that since his commitment to USC this summer. Martin has not set any visit dates yet.
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