NC State stayed red hot on the recruiting trail Tuesday evening when four-star Kernersville (N.C.) East Forsyth safety Khalid Martin committed to the Wolfpack.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Martin is State's No. 18 commitment in the 2019 class and third in the past 48 hours, joining Bailey (N.C.) Southern Nash running back Zonovan Knight and Roxboro (N.C.) Person defensive tackle Joshua Harris.

"It's just a sense of home when I visit NC State," said Martin in March. "The love that the coaching staff and the whole team shows me and my family is wonderful. The visit just helped my interest in NC State grow. Every time I visit, I feel more comfortable and continue to build my relationship with the coaching staff."

Nickels coach Aaron Henry is the Wolfpack's lead recruiter for Martin and the two have developed strong relationship since Henry joined the staff in January 2017. The bond between Martin and the NC State assistant continues to grow.

"From the first day, he made developing a relationship with me a priority," said Martin earlier this year. "Since he's been there, our relationship has grown and gotten stronger. He always wants to know how I'm doing and how my family is doing. If I have any questions about recruiting or anything, I can always ask him, and I really like that. He cares about my well-being and me as a person."

NC State head coach Dave Doeren is building a strong program and playing for him and being a part of the up-and-coming Wolfpack played a major role in his decision.

"Coach Doeren is always himself and I really like that," said Martin in March. "He's not into the glitz and glamour. He's always honest and straightforward. He cares about his players and does whatever he can to help them be successful. He also always makes me feel like a priority. All NC State's coaches do. Whenever I talk to them, they always let me know they really want me."

The East Forsyth standout chose the Wolfpack over nearly 20 other scholarship offers, including North Carolina, Duke, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Penn State, Kentucky and Illinois among several others.

Martin is a four-star prospect, No. 23 safety in the country and 11th-ranked prospect in North Carolina according to 247Sports. He's the eighth top 30 North Carolina prospect to commit to NC State in the 2019 class.

Scouting Report: Martin is a imposing presence and big hitter in the secondary. He has a high football I.Q. and great instincts. The East Forsyth standout has good length and great range. Martin is aggressive, displays great ball skills and has a knack for making big plays.

Why he's important to 2019 class: Martin is already physically ready to play at the collegiate level. Although he may not start from day one, he'll definitely be in the mix for immediate playing time as a true freshman. Once he cracks the starting lineup at whichever school he chooses, the spot will be his until his college career is over. He should be a multi-year starter, all-conference performer and have a chance to play on Sundays. With him in the fold, State will look to add one more safety in this class, and four-star Clayton (N.C.) playmaker J.R. Walker is the Wolfpack's top target.