- William Wilkerson, RecruitingNation
If 2016 running back Kameron Martin (Port Arthur, Texas/Memorial) were a politician he wouldn't need a campaign team to get his message out to the masses. He can handle that on his own.
Martin (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) is as proactive a freshman as you will ever come across when it comes to getting his name out to prospective college programs. Just this past Saturday he traveled to LSU to watch the Tigers take on Mississippi State.
"It was a good visit for my first visit," Martin said. "This was my first visit in general. I really, really liked it."
The two sides crossed paths last summer when Martin ran in the Governor's Games at LSU's Bernie Moore Stadium. Martin said he finished 10th overall after running the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. Martin got 18th at the 2012 Junior Olympics by running a 22:12 200 meters and a 10:80 100 meters.
Conveniently, Martin lists speed as his best attribute and has put it on full display for Port Arthur Memorial this season by rushing 51 times for 400 yards. He patterns his game after fellow speedster, former Longhorn Jamaal Charles, who went to Memorial.
"I'm a speed running back like Jamaal Charles," Martin said. "He is like a cousin to me. He's from my hometown and I go to his camp every summer. I talk to him on Instagram. He actually asked me last week if we made the playoffs and also asked for my number."
It's because of players like Charles that Martin has decorated his room in burnt orange and white.
"My whole room is Texas," he said. "I am a big Longhorn fan."
LSU, Texas Tech and Baylor are the schools in contact with him. But he has crossed paths with Texas in the past and is hopeful that there will be more contact down the line.
"I actually talked to the Longhorns when I was in 8th grade," he said. "I talked to Major Applewhite. He was recruiting some of our players. During my 8th grade year I used to go watch the varsity practice and he was up there, and my coach wanted me to meet him. He said to keep doing what you are doing and you will be a Longhorn one day."
Martin clearly has a long time to go before he has to make any decisions but he's confident that those offers will come, and he'll do what he has to in order to get them.
"Every time I call a college they say that they haven't heard from a 2016 recruit yet," Martin said. "Not trying to be cocky or arrogant but I feel like I am the top freshman in the nation."
Martin is focused on helping Memorial in the playoffs but will turn his attention to camps this summer. He would like to make Texas one of his destinations.
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