Chris Martin said he is leaving Cal to get away from home. He's certainly going to accomplish that.
Martin said Wednesday that he is transferring to the University of Florida, one day after announcing he was leaving Cal without ever playing a down for the Bears.
Martin was the No. 1 high school outside linebacker prospect in the country, according to scout.com. He is an Oakland native who played at Bishop O'Dowd High before transferring to Grandview High in Aurora, Colo., for his senior year.
"It's just a beautiful campus and a place where I just feel like I could go back there after I graduate and give back," Martin said. "There are all sorts of things I like about it. I love the environment down there."
Also, Florida has won two of the past four national championships.
"It's exciting, but I understand also that it's a lot of work," Martin said. "I plan to put in the work. I'm excited but also anxious to see what the journey is going to be like."
Martin had orally committed to Notre Dame but changed his mind after coach Charlie Weis was fired following last season. After considering Florida, Oklahoma and USC, Martin chose to come back home and play at Cal.
But Martin said being back home was accompanied by distractions that ultimately made him change his mind again.
Martin said once he decided to leave Cal, Florida was the only school he considered. He also said Cal coach Jeff Tedford's friendship with Florida coach Urban Meyer had nothing to do with his choice, but Tedford "was supportive of it."
Tedford issued a statement Tuesday in support of Martin and has declined further comment on the matter.
Martin will have to redshirt this season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules because he had enrolled at Cal for summer classes. He said the Gators plan on using him as an outside linebacker and hybrid defensive end.
"I'll be working just as hard as if I was playing," Martin said. "I have to get ready for next season, get the playbook down and all that."