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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Clear focus for TAMU commit Martin

By Sam Khan Jr.

LEANDER, Texas -- Life has become a little simpler for Manvel (Texas) High School prospect Koda Martin.

Since committing to Texas A&M last month, he hasn't worried about talking to coaches or setting aside time for unofficial visits. His focus has been on his football team and his senior year.

Koda Martin
The recruiting pace has slowed down for Koda Martin, but that hasn't changed his work habits.
"It's definitely loosened up a little bit," Martin said. "Now I can focus on my high school team and getting them right and getting my mind right ... It's been good to not have to worry about [taking up] too much time calling coaches and thinking about all that.

"High school is fun. When you get to college, it's still football, but it's totally different than high school. So I want to enjoy high school while it lasts."

The 6-foot-6, 247-pound four-star prospect, who projects as an offensive tackle at Texas A&M, was busy over the weekend competing with his Manvel teammates at the Texas state 7-on-7 championships. Martin was getting work at the tight end position, which he plays at Manvel during the fall season in addition to his primary spot, defensive end.

This summer he has been hard at work on multiple things.

"I've been working on footwork, getting quicker," Martin said. "Lifting a lot, always trying to get stronger and quicker. I've been going up to CES [Performance in Houston] a little bit and doing resistance training with bungee (cords) and stuff like that. A little bit of catching with the 7-on-7 stuff, so I can be ready for tight end for my team and if I end up playing it a little bit in college. I'll probably just be a tackle, gaining weight and getting big for that. I should be good. It'll be a fun senior year, I'm ready for it."

Martin, who had offers from several other power programs -- including Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma and Texas -- is looking forward to what the Aggies have in store for the fall.

"It'll be great," Martin said. "They have high hopes in front of them. They have a pretty good schedule -- I'm looking forward to that Alabama game for sure. Both teams are going to come ready for that one ... I'd definitely like to try to get up there for that one for sure."