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Five-star Cal transient leaving Florida, too

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In February of 2010, five-star defensive end Chris Martin signed with Cal on National Signing Day — after being a Notre Dame non-binding verbal in 2009.

In July of 2010, Martin announced he was leaving Cal for Florida because “I feel like for me to focus and truly reach my potential I need to leave many of the distractions I have here at home in the Bay Area.”

In January of 2011, and after transferring to his happy redshirt place, Martin lost the focus he sought and was hit with a distraction far away from his home in the form of a possession of marijuana charge, which didn’t become public knowledge until late April.

Two months later — and less than a year after the first time he latched onto it  — Martin has grabbed his football binky and stormed out from under the protective blanky of yet another football program.

OK, maybe not “stormed out”, but Martin has nonetheless left yet another team, with word coming Friday that the defensive end is leaving Florida.  According to the statement released by the university, it appears Martin now needs to be back closer to the Bay-area home he left in the first place.

Ya know, the same place that was the anti-Gainesville, the “somewhere else where I don’t have those distractions.”

“Chris and his family have indicated that it might be the best for him to be closer to home,” Gators head coach Will Muschamp said in a statement. “We wish him nothing but the best of luck.”

Martin was rated as the No. 2 defensive end, and the No. 18 player overall, in the country for the 2010 recruiting class.

There’s no word on where Martin may end up next, although a JUCO preschool should probably be in the discussion at this point.

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9 Responses to “Five-star Cal transient leaving Florida, too”
  1. phuckosu says: Jun 25, 2011 12:43 AM

    Ummmmm….I hope he thinks Michigan is close enough

  2. ukeone says: Jun 25, 2011 3:12 AM

    How can any respectful university football program think about taking this unreliable idiot. The five stars he boasts from ‘high school’ are the ones flying in a little circle around his woozy and confused head. Let him go back home because he’s just another 2011 college prima donna gone wayside….distractions….huh?…..both he and Pryor ought to take ‘dancing lessons’ together as we will likely never really know if either of them can really play college (or any kind of) football. You are ‘no stars’ fellas! What a waste of some good scholarships that could have gone to some far more deserving, responsible and level-headed student athletes.

  3. halo81 says: Jun 25, 2011 9:15 AM

    I laughed so hard reading the title as I immediately knew who it would be that my wife ran downstairs and I also choked on my eggs.


  4. pigfanincolorado says: Jun 25, 2011 10:10 AM

    It sounds like young Mr. Martin has realized that college football is hard work and that he may have underestimated his demons. ND didn’t cry a lot after his de-commit. He was unsteady on what he was doing from the day he gave his verbal.

  5. lakesidegator says: Jun 25, 2011 11:25 AM

    Eff him, and all his cousins everywhere.

  6. thegonz13 says: Jun 25, 2011 12:15 PM

    Five-star or not, I hope no other university touches him with a ten-foot pole!

    Good luck finding a real job!

  7. gatiger says: Jun 25, 2011 2:17 PM

    That is why winning the recruiting battle on Signing Day is so meaningless. You still have to get them in school, keep them in school, and get them to play to their potential…..and of course, keep them out of jail.

  8. frankbullit says: Jun 25, 2011 2:46 PM

    Just based on my own personal experience, “transients” usually feel at home in Berkeley. Mr. Martin is right to leave, no distractions in Gainesville.

  9. gatorprof says: Jun 25, 2011 3:47 PM

    Nice to see coach Boom “weeding” out the problems.

    Boom, unlike Urban, seems to not have a problem with cutting or forcing out problem children, regardless of the talent level.

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