Rooney: Fairview’s Martin has change of heart, commits to Rutgers

Less than two weeks after pledging his allegiance to Miami of Ohio, Fairview wide receiver Sam Martin has experienced a change of heart.

Instead, it looks as if Martin will be Big Ten-bound with Rutgers.

As first reported by on Saturday and confirmed shortly thereafter to by Fairview coach Tom McCartney, one of the state’s all-time leading receivers will be trading his Knights garb for the similar colors of the Scarlet Knights.

Rutgers, which makes the move from the Big East to the Big Ten later this year, made headlines on Friday by announcing the hiring of a highly respected offensive mind, Ralph Friedgen, as the program’s offensive coordinator. Friedgen most recently enjoyed a roundly successful 10-year run as the head coach at Maryland, and he owns the rare distinction of serving as the offensive coordinator for a collegiate national champion (Georgia Tech in 1990) and a Super Bowl squad (the 1994 San Diego Chargers).

Martin had announced his commitment to Miami (Ohio) on the heels of an official visit there two weeks ago, yet apparently experienced ambivalence about joining a rebuilding program that went winless in 2013 and boasts a new head coach in former Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin. In its final season in the Big East, Rutgers finished 6-7 after losing four of its final five games, including a loss against Notre Dame squad in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

Martin attended the Rutgers summer camp last year before leading Fairview to the Class 5A title game last fall. In 2013 Martin set Colorado single-season records for receptions (112) and receiving yards (1,860).

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