Already very familiar with the Tigers because of his relationship with Auburn OC and QB Coach Rhett Lashlee, Martin said getting the word of his scholarship offer was huge for him. Talking with the Tigers for quite a while, he said it felt great to finally get the call.
“I have been hearing from Auburn since my 10th grade year,” Martin said. “That’s when I blew up and started getting lots of offers. I have been talking to the offensive coordinator (Rhett Lashlee) and we have a great relationship. He was just telling me to be patient and they finally offered me.
“I have been watching Auburn since Cam Newton was there,” he added. “I watched the game every year when they play Alabama. Auburn has a great tradition. Just getting an offer is a blessing. An offer from Auburn is a big deal right there.”
Even though Lashlee wouldn’t be his position coach in the future if he wound up on the Plains, Martin said the bond they have is important for him as he hopes to make a trip to Auburn during either the spring or summer. Hoping to check out the campus and facilities, he added that having Lashlee there is important for him.
“He’s a great coach and a great person. He’s always been there. He has been talking with me since I was a freshman. I will call him sometimes and we’ll just talk it up about life and stuff. He has just kept telling me to be patient. He said last week they finally watched my film and they loved it.”
Still solidly committed to the Bears, Martin said the Auburn offer is one that is important for him because of his love for what the Tigers do on offense. With still plenty of time before he heads off to college, Martin noted that his versatility is something Auburn likes about him and that it’s a good fit for what they do on that side of the ball.
“It has a great impact on my recruitment because Auburn has a great offensive scheme,” Martin said of the offer. “Like I talked with the Coach last night, they say they can use me in very different ways. They can use me as a running back, wide receiver, come in and play on kickoff and punt return. I could do a lot in that offense.”
A starter since his freshman season, Martin has compiled 2,200 yards rushing and 37 touchdowns in three seasons of varsity football. Also a dynamic pass catcher and return man, he has added three touchdown grabs and a kickoff return for a score as well.