Cal loses touted frosh DE

Linebacker Chris Martin, a highly-rated member of California's 2010 recruiting class, has decided to transfer before even suiting up for his first practice.

The school released a statement from Martin, an Oakland native who was rated the nation's 10th best defensive end by ESPN.com's Scouts Inc:

“My decision to transfer definitely does not reflect on the football program or the academics at Cal. Rather, I feel like for me to focus and truly reach my potential I need to leave many of the distractions I have here at home in the Bay Area. I need to venture away from home and start my college career somewhere else where I don’t have those distractions.”

Martin ended up signing with Cal after decommitting to Notre Dame. He also was recruited by Florida, Tennessee, Stanford, Georgia, LSU, Colorado, UCLA, Oregon and Nebraska.

“This is a decision that Chris and his family have made to do what they feel is in the best interest of Chris,” Cal coach Jeff Tedford said in a statement. “We wish Chris the best as he pursues his college football career. It is always important for young men to make the correct decisions to be able to reach their full potential. I understand his concern with the continued outside distractions he’s facing, and I support Chris and his decision to transfer. I wish him and his family all the best.”