Louisville football has added another commitment for the 2017 recruiting class, this time in Trinity linebacker Isaac Martin. The 6’2″ 245lbs Martin accepted a preferred walk-on spot from the coaches after having developed a relationship originally with former defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.
“I went to 3 Louisville camps and I could tell that he liked me by the advice he would give me and what groups he put me in, but I liked the defense that he played, it caught my interest a lot.” Martin said.
Louisville assistant coach Dave Boller maintained contact with Isaac during the coaching transition which, despite losing Coach Grantham, didn’t bother Isaac at all.
“The new coaches make me even more excited and comfortable knowing that everybody will be on the same page since it’s new to everybody.” Martin stated.
But it was more than just coaches that led Martin to Louisville.
“Well, I’ve been hooked to Louisville ever since I was a kid, having my family grow up around Louisville football was awesome. My uncle Rick Nord played there and watching him was a amazing and now having my brother Max Martin [a redshirt freshman offensive lineman] there right now just makes me feel more confident. It just feels like home to me.” Isaac said.
For those who have been around the program some time, the name Nord should ring a bell. Nate Nord, a tight end at Louisville, played from 2008-2012 while Greg Nord coached Louisville in a variety of roles from 1997 to 2009.
“The Nord name has been through Louisville a bunch and it feels good to carry on that tradition by going there” Martin remarked.
Martin, who had 86 tackles and 49 solo tackles for Trinity his senior season, likely projects as a middle linebacker although he does have the flexibility to play several positions on the defensive front 7.
Excited to continue my Football and academic career at the University of Louisville‼️ #GoCards 🔴⚫️ pic.twitter.com/r2Lw3IDlM7
— IsaacMartin (@IkeMan98) January 26, 2017
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