Chris Martin has a long history with Charlie Weis.
The 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive end gave a verbal commitment to the coach when he was at Notre Dame. Later, they were reunited when Martin was at Florida and Weis was the school’s offensive coordinator.
Now, with Weis at Kansas, Martin decided to give a second verbal commitment to the coach after wrapping up his junior college career at City College of San Francisco.
“Coach Weis, he’s always shot me straight,” said Martin, who has taken a circuitous path to Lawrence, Kan. “It was just normal to say yes to him. Everything is just comfortable.”
Martin said his final decision was between Washington State and Kansas. He picked the Jayhawks because he felt more comfortable with the coaching staff.
“It was familiarity with the coaching staff compared to Washington State, which is still a great group of coaches,” he said. “I really respect all of them. Obviously my past track record has followed me to the many places I have been.
“He [Weis] made contact with me. It was just a matter of me getting everything in order and letting myself grow and mature. Grow up and let my past go, turn a new leaf over.”
In addition to his connection with Weis, Martin said he looks forward to working with strength coach Scott Holsoppl, who worked at Florida when Martin was there.
Martin sees Kansas as a program heading in the right direction.
"You can tell they want the football program to be good there,” he said. “There’s a real sense that not too long ago they were in the Orange Bowl. They still want the football program to be just as good. They want the same success as the basketball program.
“Right now, you could call it just a basketball school but, with the group of guys we’re trying to bring in, we’re the ones to say to hell with that. We want to be the guys to make it a football school.”