Football: Martin quotes

A sampling of what Chris Martin had to say after committing to Cal:

On why he chose Cal

I made the commitment to Cal because it was the best family decision overall just as far as being at home. The system, with the 3-4 defense, was another thing. Overall, it’s just the relationship with the coaches. They made me feel like being at home was where it was at. This is where I needed to play. This was more of a family decision. I thought it would be best for me and my family to come back home and let them watch me play, instead of me going far away.


On whether Cal was at the top of his list after decommitting from Notre Dame

Cal wasn’t near the top when I decommitted, actually. They were far from it. They grew on me over time. It just kept growing on me that it was a place that I wanted to be at.


On why he decommitted from Notre Dame

The coaching change


On last weekend’s recruiting visit

We went to Coach Tedford’s house. He treated the recruits the same way he treated his players. They treat everyone the same, whether it be Jahvid or a walk-on. That was big to me.


On whether he considers Cal to be on the same national level as it was after the 2006 season

I think they are very much a national power. They just need a few things to put them over the hump and that’s what our recruiting class is going to bring. We just need to get back on track. There were some key parts that were missing. You can see it from the years when they were banging on the door and getting ready to be No. 1 in the country. There were a few key parts that were missing. You’re going to see a major difference when we get up there. There’s going to be a lot of hard work put into that program when we get there in the fall.


On whether he believes he can play right away

I can see it. I was at the practice for the bowl game and I can see it. That’s not a knock on anyone. It’s just the players that are leaving – it’s wide open for me. I’m going to have to work for it, but it’s wide open for me. I’m anxious to get out there.


On Cal’s new facilities

You can’t say Cal is not a big-time program. They’ve played in a lot of big-time games. You can’t knock the education. The one knock they had was the facilities. Now they have that, so what can you say?

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.