The new NC State staff has tirelessly recruited twin brothers Caleb Martin and Cody Martin of Mocksville (N.C.) Davie County since getting hired in April 2011.
The hard work of head coach Mark Gottfried and assistant coach Rob Moxley paid off Wednesday night when the Martin twins made their college decision to run with the Wolfpack. Rivals.com ranks the 6-foot-6, 183-pound Caleb Martin No. 40 in the country, and the 6-6, 198-pound Cody Martin two spots down at No. 42.
The duo are NCSU's first commits in the class of 2014 — as first reported by The Wolfpacker — and have added to an impressive string where the Wolfpack have now added 10 players ranked in the Rivals100 since 2010.
"We've been thinking about it over time, but were taking our time about it," Caleb Martin said. "I felt like it was the right decision. That is the school that we are looking at and favoring. It felt like the right fit for us."
Coach Gottfried was in New York City tonight for the Jimmy V Foundation dinner.
"When we first talked to him he was letting us know how it would be and how excited he was," Cody Martin said. "He was really happy about us committing. He said he'll be partying in New York."
The versatile Martin twins will be at Primetime With The Pack on Friday at PNC Arena. Having their family close by was a big advantage in picking NC State.
"It's always a good feeling knowing you can go to a school and know that your family members aren't that far away and can actually come to a game and support you," Cody Martin said. "It's been kind of hectic and a long process to go through it. We just thought it would be the right time to let everyone know our decision.
"I know it will be exciting Friday with my brother and I going to NC State. It's nice that everyone is going to know about our decision."
The twins will be easy to spot at PNC Arena on Friday. NC State is also hosting official visitor Dominic Woodson, a senior center from Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, and senior point guard commit Anthony Barber of Hampton (Va.) High will also be in attendance.
"I think it's going to be good and exciting because now people know we are going to NC State," Caleb Martin said. "We are going to have a fun time there. I'm ready to be part of the Pack."
Caleb Martin simply said he liked everything about NC State, which reached the ACC Tournament semifinals last year, and then made a run to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.
"When we went down there, it just felt comfortable," said Caleb Martin, who has unofficially visited NC State for a football game last year and team camp last June. "We could just see ourselves going to that school. The fan base and support was tremendous."
The Martin twins appreciate Mocksville, N.C., and have many friends that are Wolfpack fans. Davie County High senior offensive lineman Cole Blankenship is part of the Wolfpack's 2013 football recruiting class.
"It feels like where we come from at Davie County," Caleb Martin said. "The County is just so tight around here. You see so much support at State too. Everyone is together over there. There was just something about it that I liked."
Moxley watched Team Loaded 16s throughout the April and July evaluation periods.
"They let us know they were interested and want us bad," Caleb Martin said. "They stayed on us and that let us know they are always thinking about us."
Cody Martin said Moxley did a great job of communicating with them about why NC State would be the best place for them.
"Even when we weren't committed, he was always excited talking to us," Cody Martin said. "Now, he's really pumped up for us. It's nice to know that someone was happy for us for thinking about their school."
Caleb Martin has played both shooting guard and small forward, while Cody Martin has settled in at the small forward. Both players excel at both ends of the floor, and are good at getting steals, blocks and finishing in transition. They'll blend in well with the next wave of NC State players.
"They have a nice class [in 2013], and we know and have played against a lot of their players," Cody Martin said. "It's going to be nice knowing what we are getting into. We also know the players are nice people, as are the coaching staff."
The Martin twins helped lead Davie County to the NCHSAA 4-A Western regional final before falling to West Charlotte High this past season.
The juniors have also been standouts on Team Loaded, where they played with Virginia guard commit B.J. Stith. They won the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions in Raleigh in 2011 on the 15s level. Team Loaded also made a deep run in the Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest this past May in the 16s bracket before Team Takeover won in the semifinals. The traveling team program also featured NC State freshman point guard Tyler Lewis in the past.
Cody Martin and Caleb Martin picked NC State over Tennessee, Virginia Commonwealth, Virginia Tech, and Miami among others. Wake Forest was also previously in the mix. The twins unofficially attended the Virginia Tech at North Carolina football game last Saturday.