Florida Gators Nab Former Cal Commit Chris Martin, 2010 Class More Epic

Brad GoldbachCorrespondent IJuly 21, 2010

Five-star defensive end recruit Chris Martin, ranked the No. 2 defensive end in the country by Rivals, has decided to transfer from California to Florida.

With top defensive end and overall recruit Ronald Powell already in tow, along with guys like Dominique Easley and Sharrif Floyd, the Gators were already considered to have the best recruiting class ever in many people's eyes.

With Martin on board, there may not be any doubt about that statement anymore.

Martin originally committed to Notre Dame and was going to commit to Florida, but changed his mind when Charlie Strong left for Louisville, so he settled for Cal.

But after a summer out west, Martin decided that he really wanted to be in Gainesville. Because he was enrolled for summer classes, he will redshirt the 2010 season.

Martin is another guy in the beast mold for Florida's recruiting class, coming in at 6'5" and 240 lbs. An All-State selection in Colorado, Martin is said to have the frame to add an additional 10-15 pounds, according to ESPN's scout analysis.

Scouts have raved about his speed and quickness coming off the edge. His weaknesses are said to be his use of hands and his ability to match up with players in the slot, but I don't think he will have to worry about that too much as a defensive end at Florida. And a year under his belt in the Gators' system will turn this guy into a machine.

A Martin, Powell, Floyd, Easley line sounds like one that will be formidable for years to come. Welcome aboard, Chris.