Dale Martin nearly locked up for Louisville

Dale Martin

Louisville assistant Tony Alford visited four-star running back Dale Martin Sunday night. That visit comes just days after new Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe made an in-home visit. And while Martin isn't quite ready to give Louisville an iron-clad commitment, he appears pretty close to doing so.

Louisville assistant Tony Alford visited four-star running back Dale Martin Sunday night. That visit comes just days after new Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe made an in-home visit. While Martin isn't quite ready to give Louisville an iron-clad commitment, he's pretty close to doing so.

"It went real good," Martin said of the meeting with Alford. "It gave me a chance to put a face with the words since we've been talking on the phone a lot lately. He's an energetic guy, the kind of coach who would put on the pads and get out on the field.

Alford, who would be Martin's position coach at U of L, talked to the current Louisville commit about his background as a college coach and how he can help Martin reach his potential at U of L.

"He told me about his background and where he's been," Martin said. "He said he's excited to work with me and he thinks I have the ability to take it the distance any time I touch the ball. He said he's been watching my film and we talked about my strengths and weaknesses. He said he thinks I'll fit into the offense well because I'm elusive out in space and that I just need to work on my ball security."

Despite the coaching change at Louisville, Martin has remained firm in his commitment to the Cardinals since Bobby Petrino bolted for the Atlanta Falcons. Nothing appears to have changed in that regard following Alford's visit.

"It's looking as good as it ever has for Louisville," Martin said. "I'm still with Louisville and my commitment with them is a 98 out of 100. Right now, I'm sticking with my commitment and if I had to sign today it would be Louisville."

Louisville has been hot recently on the recruiting trail, landing several four-star prospects in recent days, including another four-star running back – Victor Anderson – Sunday.

"I saw where Woodny Turenne, the number one junior college player committed. We took our visit together. I also saw that Willie Williams committed," Martin said. "And the other C.J. Peake text messaged me and said ‘what's up roommate' after he committed. He and I played in the (East-West) all-star game together and we're real cool."

Last week, Martin said there was a chance he might make one more visit to California before national signing day. Sunday, Martin said that visit won't happen. "I'm not taking any more visits."

And while Martin won't be visiting any other schools, two programs will send coaches to try to sway him from his commitment to Louisville this week.

"Iowa and Minnesota are coming in this week," he said. "Minnesota is coming to the house Monday and I'm not sure when Iowa is coming in, but I think they're coming to school. Iowa has been there from the beginning and Minnesota just started getting involved after the got their new coaching staff. So I'm going to listen to what they have to offer."

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