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Top Cal recruit Chris Martin transferring to Florida

When Chris Martin announced Tuesday that he was leaving Cal before ever playing a down for the school, he said in a statement that he “needed to venture away from [his Bay-area] home” and “leave many of the distractions” behind.

Based on his choice of schools, he wasn’t joking about the need to venture away as he’s gone just about as far as you can go in the opposite direction.

According to a rather cryptic posting on his Facebook page by way of the Orlando Sentinel, Martin has decided to transfer to Florida and play for the Gators.

“I would like to thank everyone who has been supportive of me through my crazy mental episodes. A special thank you to my mother and father who have supported me no matter what. I love you both. God has granted me a second chance. A chance I cannot mess up. With that said. Go Gators. Thank You to everyone and all the coaches who showed their interest in me.”

As Martin had already enrolled for summer classes at Cal, his status for the 2010 season remains unknown.

What is known, however, is that Florida will be getting, at least on paper, one hellacious prospect at some point in time.

The 6-4, 240-pounder was given a five-star rating by Rivals.com as a member of Cal’s 2010 recruiting class, and was the recruiting services No. 2 defensive end in the country and the No. 18 player overall.

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28 Responses to “Top Cal recruit Chris Martin transferring to Florida”
  1. booska says: Jul 21, 2010 4:15 PM

    Sweet. Hopefully he finds what he is looking for. Go Gators!!!

  2. Richierich420 says: Jul 21, 2010 4:27 PM

    He figured it pays $100,000 to be a center, he should get pretty good money as a DE

  3. blitz4848 says: Jul 21, 2010 4:42 PM

    @Richierich429
    Another Harvard grad—speaks out……
    Would help if you knew he is a LB
    In Harvardeese that = Large Bonu$$$$

  4. gator_prof says: Jul 21, 2010 4:47 PM

    And the rich get richer;)

  5. blitz4848 says: Jul 21, 2010 4:59 PM

    Hopefully this kid will red shirt otherwise he’ll be hard pressed to work into the top 6 LB rotation.
    Instant starter at other schools doesn’t necessarily translate that way in the Swamp.
    If released by Cal he will get a chance to compete as a starter, as all freshman do, but missing Spring ball puts him at the back of the pack.
    The good thing is he has to prove how good he can be on the field–can’t rely on what he did in high school as the talent is tooooo good in G-Ville

  6. BrownsTown says: Jul 21, 2010 5:02 PM

    He’d better hope that he goes pro since the drop in quality of the degree probably cost him a lot of money in lifetime earnings.

  7. Jagdbaer says: Jul 21, 2010 5:04 PM

    Urban Meyer memo to coach Kiffin at USC:
    Suck it, Lane! Looks like Rivals.com will have to redo its recruiting rankings post-sanctions. :)

  8. blitz4848 says: Jul 21, 2010 5:33 PM

    He’d better hope that he goes pro since the drop in quality of the degree probably cost him a lot of money in lifetime earnings.
    @ Brownstown
    Yeah, at least he chose Florida or he would have lost even more $$$$ if had decided on Ohio St!!!

  9. mr.bozojones says: Jul 21, 2010 5:42 PM

    He couldn’t tell the boys from the girls at Cal. At Florida, no problem.

  10. burntorangehorn says: Jul 21, 2010 6:18 PM

    blitz4848 says:
    July 21, 2010 4:42 PM ET
    @Richierich429
    Another Harvard grad—speaks out……
    Would help if you knew he is a LB
    In Harvardeese that = Large Bonu$$$$
    ============================
    Would help if you knew that he projects at a defensive end.
    Don’t believe me? Here: http://rivals.yahoo.com/cal/football/recruiting/player-Chris-Martin-81148

  11. blitz4848 says: Jul 21, 2010 7:18 PM

    He may project as a future “physicist” but he came to Florida with understanding he would compete as a LB

  12. prophet of the light says: Jul 21, 2010 7:40 PM

    I guess florida’s boosters offered more than Cal’s did.

  13. overratedgators says: Jul 21, 2010 8:35 PM

    mr.bozojones says:
    July 21, 2010 5:42 PM ET
    He couldn’t tell the boys from the girls at Cal. At Florida, no problem.
    ____________________
    Right. The girls are the ones who can grow full moustaches.

  14. gator_prof says: Jul 21, 2010 10:26 PM

    overratedgators,
    Are you kidding? You can say a lot of things about UF, but you are hard pressed to find a campus containing higher quality women. The same could be said about FSU, ASU, etc.
    Unlike up north, they can’t hide behind a parka.

  15. burntorangehorn says: Jul 22, 2010 8:11 AM

    blitz4848 says:
    July 21, 2010 7:18 PM ET
    He may project as a future “physicist” but he came to Florida with understanding he would compete as a LB
    =================================
    You said, “Would help if you knew he is a LB.”
    He’s 6’4″ 240lbs., at least according to recruiting sites. Rivals has him as a DE, and he played a lot of DE in high school, so the attempt to correct someone for saying he’s a DE comes off as misguided.
    Is there a source supporting your claim that there are statements of understanding Urban Meyer made to Martin about competing at a particular position?

  16. blitz4848 says: Jul 22, 2010 10:14 AM

    @ burntorangehorn
    Scout.com lists Martin as the #1 OLB in country
    http://recruiting.scout.com/a.z?s=73&p=9&c=11&cfg=null&sFirstName=chris&sLastName=martin&yr=2010
    Cal paper with quote from Martin
    http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_15572455?nclick_check=1
    Martin will have to redshirt this season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules because he had enrolled at Cal for summer classes. He said the Gators plan on using him as an outside linebacker and hybrid defensive end.
    The assurance that he would get to tryout as a lb came from an Orlando radio station. Not sure what the issue is….FL already have Powell & Trail from the 2010 recruiting class — 2 of the top DE in the nation. Florida’s hybrid DE will be like when Spikes occasionally moved up as an extra standup DE—FYI Spikes played at 255 at his highest weight. Not ideal as it hurt his speed. Hope that helps……

  17. blitz4848 says: Jul 22, 2010 10:46 AM

    # Burntorangehorn says:
    He’s 6’4″ 240lbs., at least according to recruiting sites. Rivals has him as a DE, and he played a lot of DE in high school, so the attempt to correct someone for saying he’s a DE comes off as misguided.
    ************************************************
    You saying this statement “he played a lot of DE in high school’ is MISGUIDED since the Rivals.com link you sent me above CLEARLY states he ONLY played linebacker he is entire career and would “have to learn” to play with a hand on the ground…….I don’t like knit picking but YOU called me out……have a nice day

  18. Jagdbaer says: Jul 22, 2010 11:37 AM

    He picked the hotties in sandals over the hippies in birkenstocks. That’s a smart choice no matter how you cut it!

  19. John Taylor says: Jul 22, 2010 11:40 AM

    “hippies in birkenstocks”
    That’s top-notch prose right there.

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