UA jersey tour: Brandon Martin


Brandon Martin is an actions-first type of athlete. He's not the most vocal person.

As a wide receiver, he needs only to speak with his hands and feet. And he speaks volumes.

Martin's talents were recognized Friday, as he earned an Under Armour All-America Game jersey during a ceremony sponsored by American Family Insurance.

"It's a dream for me," Martin said. "I'm excited. I got the word at practice. I was shocked.

"It makes you want to keep working hard. A lot of big things can happen if you just put a lot of work in it."

The ceremony was a highlight for a player who has had his share of adversity. Martin is a move-in from Monroe, Louisiana, where he attended Wossman High School. He lived in New Orleans before being displaced after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He moved to Dallas and had to find his role in his first year at Dallas' Prime Prep Academy, the charter school cofounded by Deion Sanders.

Martin's presence at Prime Prep has been much welcomed, particularly with Prime Prep losing SMU receiver commit James Proche II, who transferred to DeSoto High School before the start of the season. Martin is averaging better than 22 yards per catch.

At 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, Martin is a huge target for any quarterback. He becomes even more dangerous when his 4.42-second 40-yard dash is included in his tangibles. Martin has watched his stock rise over the past three months. He has offers from Louisiana Tech, Arkansas State, Temple, Louisiana-Monroe and UAB, and he's drawing more and more interest daily from top schools coast to coast.

Martin said he's looking at all schools equally, and while he's yet to take an official visit, he's hoping to do so beginning next month.

Quick hits on Brandon Martin

All-time best UA game player: Leonard Fournette and Speedy Noil

Favorite athlete: Calvin Johnson

Ready to line up against ... Kevin Toliver II

Jersey number significance: "I wear No. 5. I've had it all my life. I had it before Hurricane Katrina."

Did you know: "I like doing the extra work. Rain, sleet or snow, I'm out there."