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Asa Martin, sophomore RB and teammate of UA commitment Deonte Brown, makes first Alabama visit

Many in the Yellowhammer State grow up fans of Alabama but few become football prospects for Nick Saban and company. That dream could become realized for Asa Martin, the sophomore star who made his first game day trip last weekend.

When scanning Decatur (Ala.) Austin High School's roster, many seniors stand out. There's four-star Alabama offensive line commitment Deonte Brown, Troy commitment and edge specialist Marcus Webb and speedy track star Eric Washington in the class of 2016. 

But the emerging star of the group is just a sophomore in 2018 running back Asa Martin. Running behind Brown and company, he's tallied more than 1,200 yards this fall, averaging more than 100 yards per contest. Recruiting attention has resulted as many in the SEC West have taken notice. Ole Miss offered in October to officially begin the process, but in-state powers Alabama and Auburn have him on radar, too.

Martin took his first trip to Tuscaloosa for its national showdown with LSU last weekend.

"'Bama was good. The game day atmosphere was what I liked best," he said. "It was raining mostly all day and it was still packed down there."

Traveling with family, the young standout received as much attention as any young player despite the Crimson Tide's gaudy visitor list, filled with blue chip upperclassmen. 

"I was treated pretty good, my mom and coach (Mel) Tucker talked for a while," Martin said. "She just told me they wanted to get me down for the camp in front of coach (Nick) Saban. I will, definitely."

Should UA offer, it would provide the slashing back the chance to again play with Brown.

"It would mean a whole lot, I grew up an Alabama fan but as I got older I got passed it," he said. "But that would be really big for me. It's awesome running behind him. I've never actually watched lineman but it's fun watching film on him, he just dominates and flat-backs other players."

Martin also resonated with the counter to star running back Derrick Henry after taking in the game live.

"I like Kenyan Drake a lot," he said. "His speed, how fast he hits the holes and his explosiveness stick out. I think we play the exact same way."

Many SEC coaches feel similarly and the Black Bear star should see his offer list increase as such over the next several months.

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