Aug. 4, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly talks with wide receiver Robby Toma (9) as they walk into practice at the LaBar Practice Complex. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Prospect Evaluation: Notre Dame Commitment Greer Martini


When you watch high school highlights of an inside/outside linebacker you assume you will see big hits and a forced fumble or two, but there is much more to Greer than that. He has the cover skills of a defensive back and that is no exaggeration. There are countless times in his sophomore films where he goes up to get a ball over his head while falling back and ends up with the interception. One play sticks out to me, which was when he tipped the ball with his right hand, bobbled it, intercepted it, and then ran for a touchdown. This isn’t your typical inside linebacker running a 4.74 40 yard dash, but that is what he is slated to play at the University of Notre Dame. Of course it could change, but as of now it looks like they will be thin at middle linebacker next season and the Irish will more than likely lose Calabrese and Fox after the 2013 season.

 

The 6’3’’ 210 pound inside or outside linebacker is currently rated a 4 star recruit by 247sports.com, but isn’t rated by rivals or ESPN as of now. Martini was an All-State linebacker as a sophomore and is just now finishing his junior year (2014 recruiting class). After watching Greer on tape I see great ball skills, vision, footwork, active hands, and his head on a swivel. A linebacker must have great control of his shuffle across the line of scrimmage so he never over pursues on a play, which Martini does exactly. Keeping his “head on a swivel” implies he is always aware of play side and weak side action and can quickly change his shuffle to adjust to what the play is. Adding to all this Greer just has a nose for the football and it seems like if there is a fumble or interception he is always the one responsible for it. I am excited to see how this guy ranks as the fall approaches, because he is extremely underrated.

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