Greer Martini has been committed to Notre Dame for almost a year and a half now and this past weekend, the 2014 linebacker from Virginia’s Woodberry Forest School had the opportunity to talk about why with some of the Irish’s other prospects during an unofficial visit to South Bend.
“It went well,” Martini said. “It was a great weekend to be up there. Obviously, it was exciting to be up there for that game and for Notre Dame to get a win was awesome.”
Martini was one of nine Irish pledges on campus, the largest assembly of Notre Dame’s 2014 class to date.
“It was good to see all of the guys who are committed with me,” he said. “We got to meet up, talk to each other and the guys who didn’t really know each other grew closer together. Just being around each other and enjoying the game was good for us.”
Martini, who committed to Notre Dame in July of 2012, got the chance to know Irish offensive line commit Quenton Nelson better and also spent a great deal of time with 2014 Illinois inside linebacker prospect Nyles Morgan.
“I got to hang out with those two quite a bit,” Martini said. “I tried to convince Nyles to come to Notre Dame.
“I just basically told him why I committed so early, why I think Notre Dame is such a special place and just basically told him my specific reasons for choosing Notre Dame to try to get him to commit. Hopefully I did a little bit, but I knew when it comes down to it, it’s his decision.”
Morgan was hosted by Irish freshman Doug Randolph, who was teammates with Martini at Woodberry Forest a year ago.
“I never really specifically asked him, but I think I got across to him,” Martini said of his pitch to Morgan.
Martini enjoyed the opportunity to reunite with his former teammate.
“It was good to see Doug,” he said. “We still keep in touch over the phone just texting each other, but it was good to get up there, hang out with him and hear his firsthand account of what he thinks of Notre Dame. It’s all positive stuff, so it’s really reassuring to hear for me.”
Martini will return to South Bend for an official visit this winter for the season-ending banquet. This weekend, he also spent time with his recruiter, Scott Booker, and future position coach, Bob Diaco.
“Coach Diaco and I just chatted about my season a little bit, how things were going and that I need to be ready to come in as prepared as possible and be ready to play,” Martini said. “That means I have to be ready to do my best or come in and fill some roles.”
Martini admitted the chance to earn playing time early in his career at Notre Dame comes with excitement and anxiety.
“More than anything, it’s exciting though,” he said. “But I know that no matter what happens, I’m not just going to walk in there in and play. Obviously, I’m going to have work very hard and nothing’s going to be given to me. It’s very exciting to have that opportunity, but I’m going to have to work very hard to make that opportunity come true.”