Do you remember Chris Martin, the highly touted recruit who transferred from Cal to Florida before ever playing a football game at Cal?
Well, Martin has now left Florida without ever playing a game for the Gators, even though he was competing form playing time at both outside linebacker and defensive end as a redshirt freshman. But the weird thing is that the reason given for his decision to leave Florida was that he needed to be closer to home in Oakland. That’s odd because the reason he cited for leaving Cal was to get away from home, because there were too many distractions for him in the Bay Area.
In a statement released by Florida, new coach Will Muschamp said, “Chris and his family have indicated that it might be best for him to be closer to home. We wish him nothing but the best of luck.”
Martin, who went to high school in Aurora, Colo., orginally committed to Notre Dame, but de-committed when Charlie Weis was dismissed. He then committed to Cal, and, as the No. 10 overall player in Scout.com’s rankings of recruits for the class of 2010, Martin was expected to play immediately for the Bears, who needed help at linebacker.
But during the summer before his freshman season at Cal, Martin left.
“I need to venture away from home and start my college career somewhere else where I don’t have those distractions,” Martin said in a statement at the time.
Apparently the distraction could not be avoided in Gainesville, Fla.
Martin was arrested for marijuana possession on Jan. 29, and in March he posted a Facebook message that implied he had been dismissed from the Gators team. He said his Facebook message was an April Fool’s joke — in March.
Martin is the fourth Gator transfer since Muschamp’s arrival, and he has not said where he plans to transfer. If he wants to be closer to home, that suggests something in Northern California. The only four Division I football programs in Northern California are Cal, Stanford, San Jose State and Fresno State (if you consider Fresno to be in Northern California). San Jose State has taken several transfers lately, so . . .
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