When it comes to 2014 tight ends in the state of Texas, few have garnered more interest or offers than Koda Martin.
The Manvel junior already has ideal size at 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds, and he has picked up offers from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Baylor, Texas Tech, UCLA, as well as several other schools.
There is one issue, though: Martin doesn’t play tight end, at least not for Manvel. Despite that, the ESPN Watch List prospect has found that hasn’t slowed down his recruitment one bit.
HornsNation: Has your recruitment started to pick up a bit?
Koda Martin: It’s heated up a little, I guess. I’ve been to a few games and have new offers from Louisiana-Lafayette and Ole Miss. I’ve been to OU-K-State, OU-Texas last week, I went to the A&M-Arkansas game. That’s all so far. For the most part I’m not thinking about committing anywhere, just trying to focus on high school football.
HN: What was the best game you attended of those three?
Martin: Probably the OU-Texas game. It was a great game to see. OU was whipping Texas pretty good. The atmosphere was crazy. I think their coaching staff is great and they coached their kids on what they wanted them to do and went out and executed really well. It’s a great school and they came out and played great.
HN: Do you think seeing that OU win makes a big different in how you feel about that school, or is it just one game?
Martin: It’s just one game. I was also at the K-State game for OU, so I saw their high points and low points. Their coaches are great. They played great against Texas. I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the game.
HN: Is that a game you want to play in someday?
Martin: Yes sir. I just talked with Coach [Bob] Stoops today. I called one of their coaches and he put me on with coach Stoops and I visited with him a bit. He asked me what I thought of the game and stuff like that.
HN: How was that conversation?
Martin: He’s a legendary coach. I’ve been in his office and been at his junior day. They’re pretty interested in me, and he’s a great coach and a great guy. I think I’d be pretty comfortable playing for him. They’re one of my top choices right now.
HN: There aren’t many 2014 tight ends in this state who have picked up early offers. You have. How have you built up your reputation this year?
Martin: I’ve built up that reputation mostly through spring ball. I played a lot of tight end then when schools were coming out. I really haven’t got to play a whole lot of tight end this year or last year. I’ve been playing defensive end for our school because that’s what they need me to play, and I’ve done just a little bit of blocking tight end. But I do think that’s something I can play.
HN: What are most schools recruiting you at, then, if you’re not playing much tight end?
Martin: Most schools are recruiting me at tight end. My team has needed me as defensive end this year. I do whatever it takes for my team. I love tight end but I love defensive end too. I just love football.
HN: Are there any schools standing out right now for you?
Martin: OU is probably my top choice right now, but I’m not looking to make a decision until after this season. I’m just trying to focus on my high school football a lot.
HN: Texas is a school that hasn’t offered or shown much interest so far. Are you hoping that changes? Was that a school you liked growing up?
Martin: Oh, I don’t know. I grew up in Texas, but I really like OU.