Tuesday, January 29, 2013
2014 TE Martin focused on three schools
By Sam Khan Jr.
ESPN Watch List tight end Koda Martin (Manvel, Texas/Manvel) is using his time this spring to evaluate the options he has at the next level.
The 6-foot-6, 245-pound prospect has plenty of options and it seems that his offer count will only continue to increase. His father, Manvel head coach Kirk Martin, said coaches from schools across the country have been by the Manvel offices to check on Koda. Just last week, Alabama stopped by and expressed interest, though the Crimson Tide are one of the few who haven't yet offered.
But Koda Martin has his focus on three schools right now: Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas A&M. On Sunday, he attended Texas A&M's junior day to get a closer look at the campus.
At 6-foot-6, Koda Martin could play tight end, defensive end or offensive tackle at the next level.
"It was a normal junior day schedule," he said. "We saw all the facilities and talked with the coaches and heard about the academics and the training room and the weight room and the lifting program and the nutrition program and that type of thing. We got to talk with a few of the players and that was good."
Koda spent a lot of time talking with Aggies offensive line coach B.J. Anderson, who would be his position coach should he choose the Aggies. Texas A&M is recruiting Martin as an offensive tackle.
"He seemed like a good coach and a good guy,” Martin said. “I think I fit with him. But I also fit with the coaches at OU and the coaches at Baylor, so I don't know. He's a good guy and a good coach, definitely."
Martin got many of his questions answered and got to sit in on a Q&A session that the recruits had with current Aggies players to get more insight into the program. This weekend, Martin will Baylor's junior day. He said he will wait until spring practice to visit OU because he went to Oklahoma's junior day last year.
Each of those schools is recruiting Martin at a different position. At Manvel, he's primarily a defensive end who also plays some tight end.
"Baylor wants me at defensive end, OU wants me at tight end and A&M wants me at tackle," he said. "So that's kind of fun that I can pretty much pick what I want to play. I honestly don't have a preference. I find pleasure in blocking and catching and tackling and I just like to play football. So as far as that goes, I'm not sure what I want to do. It's kind of fun that I do that have that option."
And even though schools continue to file into the Manvel offices, Martin feels like he has things narrowed down.
"I think I'll end up going to one of those three," he said. "I won't be making a decision until about late spring, early summer, just to get that done before my senior year and everything. That's kind of where I'm at right now.”