After his official visit to Alabama, a Texas Christian University commit now realizes it takes a special kind of football player to play for Nick Saban.
Sci Martin, a three-star defensive end from McDonough 35 (New Orleans), told SEC Country that he believes he has what it takes to be a part of the Crimson Tide.
“These guys are hard workers,” Martin said. “Some guys are great players, but some guys aren’t great football players. It takes a guy with a different heart to be an Alabama football player. It takes a tough mind to be an Alabama football player. That’s why they always win football games.”
Martin has only had an offer from Alabama for around two weeks he says, but that hasn’t kept him from strongly considering the Crimson Tide. During his trip this weekend, he had a chance to talk with Nick Saban to understand why Alabama offered him late and if he actually is a priority.
“He told me he recruits an old school kind of way,” Martin said. “Nowadays, some guys get recruited at the start of their freshman year throughout their senior year. For me, he said he was asking himself questions like ‘Can this guy get better and can he develop?’
“When you have been winning for this long and are on your way to the hall of fame, you respect his decision making,” Martin continued “He wanted to see me develop as a player my senior year and he was excited to see me do that. He proved it to me when he offered me.”
The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder, who set his school’s record for sacks with 33.5 his senior season, said he’s being recruited at the JACK position, which is a hybrid of defensive end and linebacker. As of right now, his recruitment remains open.
“I’ve talked to my parents about this,” he said. “They want to make sure that I am 110 percent sure that when I sign those papers. They don’t want me to have second thoughts and change my mind. They want to make sure that I am intrigued with their program and that I’ll be happy there.”
So what does Alabama need to do to sway the TCU commit away from spending his college days in Fort Worth, Texas?
“I still need to develop more of a bond with those guys,” Martin said. “At TCU, I’ve been talking to these guys for around two years now. I’ve had a long bond with those guys. I still have to get a feel for how these guys are because I’ve only talked to coach Saban twice since being recruited by Alabama. I’ve also only talked to (linebackers coach Tosh) Lupoi two times.”
Martin is rated as the nation’s No. 42 defensive end, per the 247Sports composite.