The team announced the arrival of blue-chip transfer Dale Martin from Louisville.
The running back was a four-star recruit according to Rivals.com and Scout.com when he came out of Bolingbrook, Ill. -- the same high school as Ryan Bain.
Louisville fans are calling this a big loss. They speculated that Martin may have been frustrated by some injuries, and he did not like his outlook to get playing time early. Also, Martin committed to Louisville shortly before coach Bobby Petrino left for the Atlanta Falcons. After Petrino left, Martin had to be talked into keeping his commitment.
Martin's highlight videos show me a speedy runner with a tremendous sense of balance. To take down Dale Martin, you must pop him AND wrap him up.
Martin had scholarship offers from Nebraska, California, Florida, Tennessee and many others. He will sit out 2008 and be eligible next season. GoZips.com lists him as a redshirt freshman.
The unusual part about the transfer is that the university announced it. Typically, you have to milk these things from coaches.