Dale Martin anticipates meeting new coach

Dale Martin

Scout.com four-star running back has kept in close contact with U of L assistant coach Reggie Johnson since Bobby Petrino's decision to leave for the Atlanta Falcons. Martin spoke with InsideTheVille.com on Monday evening about his current commitment, the possibility of a few assistants staying on the staff and more...

On Saturday morning, University of Louisville assistant Reggie Johnson received word that Scout.com four-star running back Dale Martin wanted to be a Cardinal. Less than 24 hours following his commitment, the former Cardinal gridiron star turned assistant, who is serving as Martin's primary recruiter, has been working feverishly to hold on to that pledge.

Johnson has talked with the Bolingbrook (Ill.) High School star numerous times since Bobby Petrino made the decision to leave U of L to become the coach for the Atlanta Falcons. The most recent communication between the two came on Monday evening.

"I talked to Coach Johnson earlier about everything and they are still working on things," Martin told InsideTheVille.com on Monday night. "He told me that he and the running backs coach, Coach Nord, are staying, so that's good for me."

Martin admits that Johnson and Nord remaining on the Cardinal staff would strengthen the odds that he'd sign with Louisville on signing day next month. However, an in-home visit from the new head coach will be the key to his future signature.

"They are supposed to be introducing the coach from Tulsa (Steve Kragthorpe) as the new coach and Coach Johnson is supposed to call me back later this week," said Martin. "The new coach is supposed to come down to my house later this month, so we can meet and get to know each other."

"Basically it comes down to if I feel comfortable with the new coach there," he added.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound running back rushed for more than 1,600 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior and committed to Louisville over Iowa, Tennessee and a host of others.

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