After traveling to Notre Dame last winter, summer and fall, Greer Martini will be making his fourth trip to South Bend this weekend when the 2014 Irish linebacker commit returns for Notre Dame’s Junior Day.
“Each time I visit Notre Dame, I feel very comfortable with my decision and Notre Dame as a campus and the football feel altogether,” said the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder from Woodberry Forest School in Woodberry Forest, Va.
Martini made his first trip last February before he ever had an offer. He landed a scholarship from the Irish after performing at their camp in June and committed shortly after. Then, he got back for the Stanford game in October.
“This time, I think it’ll be more about getting to know who I’ll be playing with in the future,” said Martini.
He hasn’t met any of the other three current Irish commits – offensive lineman Jimmy Byrne, wide receiver Justin Brent or defensive lineman Jay Hayes – but will have the opportunity to meet the latter two this weekend.
“I’ve talked to Jay Hayes, he’s a funny kid,” Martini said. “Hopefully we can get together and just talk, figure out ourselves and get to be better friends because we’ll be spending a lot of time together in the future.”
They’ll also be looking to grow that number from four.
“I think the guys who are committed will definitely try our best to get more guys committed because the better talent we surround ourselves with, the better the team will be, so that’s definitely a goal of ours,” said Martini.
“I think I’ll just tell them some of the reasons I picked Notre Dame and try to convince them by making them feel as comfortable as I feel with the coaching staff and the facilities and just try to talk it up to them.”
Notre Dame assistant Scott Booker is handling Martini’s recruitment for the Irish.
“I’ve stayed in contact with Coach Booker,” he said. “Usually we just get on the phone and catch up for a little while. It’s never long. I just talk to him and he asks me how things are going with school and whatever sport I’m doing at that time.”
Martini is more interested in speaking with people than seeing campus this time.
“I think we’ve kind of learned the stadium, done all of the sightseeing stuff. I think now it’s more meeting the people and seeing the coaches face-to-face, which is always better than talking to them on the phone.”