Five-Star Recruit Transfers To Florida

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Chris Martin, one of the top recruits from Cal's 2010 signing class, announced his intention Wednesday to transfer to Florida due to "distractions" in the Bay.

His decision to leave was originally announced Tuesday; he revealed his destination a day later on Facebook.

Martin will redshirt this fall for the Gators, who were one of his top suitors during the recruiting season. He will sit out despite being released from his scholarships due to his enrollment in classes at Cal.

The Oakland native, rated as a five-star defensive end by Rivals.com, and was expected to log significant playing time in the Bears' 3-4 defense - likely converting to outside linebacker.

"My decision to transfer definitely does not reflect on the football program or the academics at Cal," he said in Tuesday's press release. "Rather, I feel like for me to focus and truly reach my potential I need to leave many of the distractions I have here at home in the Bay Area."

Added Martin on Facebook Wednesday morning: "I would like to thank everyone who has been supportive of me through my crazy mental episodes. A special thank you to my mother and father who have supported me no matter what. I love you both. God has granted me a second chance. A chance I cannot mess up."

Martin played for three seasons at Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd High School, but spent his senior year at Grandview High in Aurora, Colo. In a Denver Post article last September, he attributed his departure to "bad blood" with the coach, as well as people who "didn't have his best interest in mind" entering his social circle.

The 6-foot-5 defensive end had previously committed to Notre Dame, but reneged after former coach Charlie Weis' firing last November. After switching to Cal, Martin began acting as an outspoken recruiter for the Bears.

Along with safety/wide receiver Keenan Allen, Martin's commitment signaled the first time in program history that Cal had inked two five-star recruits in the same year.

The haul, which also included four-star defensive standouts such Gabe King and Chris McCain, buoyed Cal's class to No. 11 in the nation.

The Bears also lost two receivers from the class months ago. Wide receivers Davon Dunn and Josh Harper both de-committed from Cal, signing letters of intent with Fresno State in December and January, respectively.

Martin's departure for Florida isn't the only thing leaving holes. McCain will likely grayshirt, delaying his enrollment until spring, while fellow four-star linebacker Cecil Whiteside may miss the season due to academic ineligibility.

Linebacker Chris Little, expected to have a spot in the regular defensive rotation, was also dismissed from the team in June due to "failure to comply with team policy."

Tags: JEFF TEDFORD, CHRIS MARTIN, CAL FOOTBALL


Contact Jack Wang at [email protected]



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