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Sunday, March 24, 2013
Watch List TE caps weekend with offer

By Sam Khan Jr.

The last three days have been eventful for ESPN Watch List tight end Koda Martin.

He visited Texas A&M with his father, Manvel (Texas) High School coach Kirk Martin, on Thursday while the elder Martin attended the Aggies' annual high school coaches' clinic. Then on Friday morning, the pair drove to Austin for a Longhorns visit for the next day-and-a-half.

At the end of the weekend, Koda Martin had a new offer and a new school to consider in his growing list of finalists.

Texas extended an offer to the 6-foot-6, 247-pound tight end/defensive end prospect before he returned to the Houston area.

"It was a good trip," Martin said of the two-school swing. "They're teams that don't like each other very much but it was a good trip for me to be around both of those teams and A&M practice and Texas' scrimmage and be around both of those campuses and both those sets of coaches and just be around those players a little bit and get to know some of them."

Martin has visited Texas A&M before, but this time around he had the chance to visit with potential No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Luke Joeckel, who played the position at Texas A&M for which the Aggies are recruiting Martin: offensive tackle.

"Watching their practice was really neat," Martin said. "They're really high-tempo. I got to visit with Luke Joeckel during that practice a little bit. He was on the sidelines watching. Talking with him was good because he's a really good player and he was just kind of a good dude too."

The trip to Texas was a first for Martin, who was invited to a junior day earlier this year but couldn't attend because of another junior day scheduled at Alabama that same weekend. Getting to Austin was a positive experience for the versatile 2014 prospect.

"Coach [Mack] Brown is a really great guy, a real genuine coach," Martin said. "Talking with him was really good. He was a really friendly guy and he's real genuine and it was good being around him. I really appreciated the offer and the whole trip was awesome. Texas is a good place."

One thing Martin said he liked about Texas was seeing coaches' family members around during his visit.

"It's definitely a family atmosphere," he said. "All the coaches have their wives up there for some of it. There were a couple of the coaches' kids running around. That's one thing that stands out. There a few other schools that are like that too but not a lot of schools do that type of thing, so that was special."

Did Texas do enough to join Martin's other list of favorites, which includes Alabama, Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas A&M?

"Yeah definitely," he said.

Martin said his timeline for a decision is late spring or early summer. His next trip will be to Oklahoma, a campus he has visited before. He will visit Norman, Okla., in about two weeks, he said.