Ben Martin the Shocker

Ben Martin

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS -- There was talk throughout the whole recruiting process that Ben Martin had Ohio State and Notre Dame at the very top of his list, but in the end it was the Tennessee Volunteers who secured a commitment from one of Ohio's top talents.

Ben Martin, 6-foot-5, 235-pound defensive end from La Salle High in Cincinnati, Ohio would have probably had the days biggest surprise if it had not been for a report late last night indicating that he was going to commit to the Volunteers.

Martin was undoubtedly one of the premier talents at the U.S Army All-American Bowl. He had three tackles in the game, but he really began to shine in the practice sessions in the afternoon of the second day. After gaining confidence he needed to be successful in a setting like this he began to terrorize the East quarterbacks.

Martin had consistently listed Ohio State, Notre Dame and Florida at the top of his list, but it was an official visit to Tennessee that sealed the deal.

"It is just how I felt on campus," Martin said. "It did not have much to do with anything else. I wanted to go where I felt most comfortable, and I felt comfortable with Tennessee."

Ohio State does not lose much in-state talent, so it was definitely a huge surprise when the Scout.com five-star revealed his final two schools.

"It was not that hard of a decision to stay in-state," Martin began. "My final two were actually Tennessee and Notre Dame. I like Ohio State, but Tennessee and Notre Dame were probably the top two best schools for me."

As a senior, racked up over 100 tackles and seven sacks to earn All-Ohio honors this season from his spot at middle linebacker.

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