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Sunday, February 24, 2013
2016 RB Martin shows speed at SPARQ

By Sam Khan Jr.

SHENANDOAH, Texas -- Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial running back Kameron Martin has been taking his college future into his own hands, so it should come as no surprise that he showed up at the Nike Football SPARQ Combine on Saturday at Woodforest Bank Stadium just outside of Houston.

As a 2016 prospect, the 5-foot-8, 159-pound Martin wasted no time reaching out to colleges to get his name out. Those efforts have been reciprocated, as he is now receiving attention from a few schools on the trail even though he just completed his freshman season.

On Saturday, Martin showed off one of his best assets -- speed -- at the combine, turning in a 4.71-second 40-yard dash [electronically timed]. Not bad for a 15-year-old, but it shows why he was playing varsity football in his first year of high school.

"It was pretty good," Martin said of his season. "I'm just trying to get better because I just walked on as an eighth grader. My body wasn't ready [then]. It was a good feeling to be on varsity as a freshman so I really can't complain."

During the fall, Martin took an unofficial visit to LSU to watch the Tigers play Mississippi State. He also got invited to LSU's junior day recently but was unable to make the trip. Still, he was flattered to get the invitation.

"That's pretty good for an SEC school to invite me as a freshman," Martin said. "I went on an unofficial visit there during the season for a game against Mississippi State. It was great."

He has kept in touch with coaches at Baylor [Carlton Buckels] and LSU [Adam Henry]. Texas A&M and Texas Tech stopped by his school during January while closing out their 2013 classes, but inquired about him in the meantime.

"It's pretty cool to get interest as a freshman because most freshmen don't get that much attention," Martin said.

Martin is running track with his team this spring, so he'll spend many Saturdays doing that, but this summer he has another plan so he can continue to get on college football coaches' radars.

"Go to camps after camps and show out," he said.

LSU, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech are among the schools where he wants to hit camps.