If South Carolina shows Pat Martin some "love," the program might have a second shot at landing him.
Still, it seems unlikely that the former all-state safety from Greenville’s J.L. Mann, who announced his decision to transfer from Tennessee on Monday, will end up with the Gamecocks. Martin was a true freshman and had yet to play a down for the Volunteers.
Martin, who stands 6-foot, 195 pounds, always wanted to play for the Gamecocks, but he said at last year’s Shrine Bowl that “coach [Steve] Spurrier never took the time to talk to me or whatever. That’s where I was headed until he didn’t show me no love.”
By that time Martin, who was not available for comment, had already committed to the Volunteers and did a significant amount of recruiting to help lure other prospects to Knoxville. However, he didn’t crack the two-deep depth chart and told the Knoxville News Sentinel he was dealing with “personal issues.”
Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said he would help Martin find another school, but it’s unlikely that program will be in the SEC, especially the SEC East. It’s rare that schools release a player to transfer to a school within their own league.
Martin could end up at Clemson, however. He told the News Sentinel that he wanted to transfer to an ACC school, West Virginia, Louisville or TCU.