Greer Martini was a member of #GoldenArmy14 before there even was a #GoldenArmy14.
The Virginia linebacker became Notre Dame’s first commitment in the Class of 2014 when he offered his pledge last July. This weekend he had the chance to meet more members of 'The Army' as he was one of multiple 2014 Irish commits to return to South Bend.
“It went well,” Martini said. “It was definitely a good weekend. It’s always great to get back on campus and just be at Notre Dame. For the most part, it was a good weekend.”
The visit was a chance for Martini and the other commits, including DeShone Kizer, Elijah Hood, Quenton Nelson, Jimmy Byrne and Alex Bars to start building bonds.
“It was more of a weekend for me to get to know my future teammates than anything else,” said Martini. “I didn’t participate in any of the camps or anything like that. It was just good to be out there and meet some of these guys that came in for the weekend.
“I met DeShone and then Elijah Hood. I also met the inside linebacker from Georgia, Kevin (Mouhon), and the outside linebacker, Lorenzo (Carter). They were there and I also met the offensive lineman from New Jersey, Quenton.”
Martini was grateful for the opportunity to get to know his future teammates better.
“It’s important because the earlier you start the chemistry the better,” he said. “It’s one of those things where if you become more comfortable with the guys before you get there then you already have a friendship going and it just makes the transition so much easier.”
But they also used the weekend to do some recruiting on other visitors like Carter and Mouhon.
“For the guys who are already committed, it’s an opportunity for an us to egg these guys on to commit to Notre Dame who haven’t already because we want to have the best class surrounding us,” said Martini. “We want to have the best players beside us. It was one of those weekends where we could tell these guys why we committed.”
It was a chance for Martini to get to know his future position coach, Bob Diaco, better as well.
“It’s just good to spend time around him and to see him coaching because I don’t get to see that very often,” he said. “It’s good to see his coaching style and how he meshes with the players and just to talk to him and build a little bit more of a relationship.”
Martini is planning to be back on campus in October.
“I think I’m going to come to the USC game in the fall.”