Watch List TE Koda Martin talks top two 

December, 16, 2012
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HOUSTON -- ESPN Watch List tight end Koda Martin won't be attending the AT&T Cotton Bowl, but he'll be watching it closely. So closely that the Manvel (Texas) High School tight end joked with coaches from the Oklahoma and Texas A&M's staffs that the winner of the game would also be the winner of his services.

"It'll be a great game," Martin said. "I told both sets of recruiting coaches that whoever won, I'd commit to, just as a joke, kind of like flipping a coin. It'll be a good game and it'll be fun to watch."

While Martin meant the comment in jest, he is serious about those two schools. The Sooners and the Aggies are his top two at the moment and it appears he'll choose between the two when making the decision on his college destination.

"They're both just really great schools," Martin said while attending the Houston Touchdown Club's High School Awards Dinner on Thursday at the J.W. Marriott. "I feel like whoever I pick wouldn't be a bad decision. They're both great schools with great traditions. I like both of their coaching staffs and I like winning programs. OU has had a history of winning and A&M's doing great in the SEC right now, which is a great accomplishment. And both schools are just really good schools. Those are my top two right now."

Martin, a 6-foot-6, 245-pound prospect, plays tight end and defensive end for the Mavericks but plans for him at the next level could be at another position.

"A&M wants me at offensive tackle so I would definitely have to get bigger," Martin said. "But I have to get bigger for whatever position I play. OU wants me as a tight end, or if I grow into a tackle, then I can do that. Or maybe defensive end based on what they've seen on film this year. [The schools] are a little bit different position-wise but both schools are great programs with great schools and great college towns and great traditions. A&M's a little bit closer but both schools are good decisions."

Linebackers coach Tim Kish has been recruiting Martin for the Sooners.

"He's a great coach," Martin said. "I have a pretty good relationship with him and he's a really good recruiting coach and I feel like he's a pretty nice guy and I'm forming a good relationship with him."

Recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Clarence McKinney and offensive line coach B.J. Anderson are recruiting him for the Aggies.

"I'm still getting to know them a little bit," Martin said. "They're both great coaches too and are part of a great program. They recently offered me so I'm getting to know them more."

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