Big TE Koda Martin likes four so far


COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Koda Martin (Manvel, Texas/Manvel) has been around Mavericks football for much of his life. His father, Kirk Martin, opened Manvel’s program and has been its head coach since the school opened its doors in 2006.

While Manvel has been a big part of Koda’s life, he’s now thinking about his future, and the next school that he’ll become a part of. At 6-foot-6, 240 pounds, the 2014 tight end has plenty of options to choose from, possessing offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Colorado State, Memphis, Oklahoma Texas State, Texas Tech and UCLA.

It’s early, but Koda as a feel for the programs he likes among those that have offered.

“OU, Arkansas, Baylor and Texas Tech are my top [schools],” he said while with his team at the Texas Division I state 7-on-7 championships.

He did note that those four come in no particular order at this point.

“No, not right now,” he said. “I have two years. I have a long way to go."

Most schools have recruited Martin as a tight end but some have left the door open for him to potentially be an offensive tackle.

“Texas Tech [has looked at him as a possible tackle] and I've got a little bit of interest from [Texas] A&M,” he said. “And there's a few other schools that want me at tight end and if I grow into a tackle, they said either one's fine with them."

For now, Martin is enjoying his time with his high school team, which made a run to the Class 4A Division II state championship game last year and has high expectations again this fall.

“I love the Mavericks,” he said. “The team chemistry is great, I love my teammates. We have a lot, a lot of talent. I’m looking forward to next year definitely.”