Port Arthur, Tex.--Originally signing with the Baylor Bears before asking to be released from his letter of intent because of the ongoing problems with the program in Waco, Tex., four-star running back Kameron Martin visited both Auburn and TCU over the weekend before announcing his commitment to Coach Gus Malzahn's program Sunday night.
The addition to the 2016 class is a huge one for Auburn as Martin brings big-play ability to the running back position and also gives the Tigers another important piece to add to the running game. Playing for a top program in Texas at Memorial High, Martin ran for more than 3,000 yards during his high school career and scored 43 touchdowns.
Also a very capable receiver out of the backfield as well as return man on special teams, Martin should be a great fit for Auburn's offense because of his speed and versatility.
"They say they can use me in very different ways," Martin said of Auburn. "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.”
With Jovon Robinson expected to be the main ball carrier for the Tigers, Auburn's backfield was in need of some serious help after the loss of Roc Thomas following the spring with just Kerryon Johnson back with any experience at the position and Coach Tim Horton counting on true freshman Malik Miller and fullback Kamryn Pettway to pick up the slack. The Tigers also lost last year's leading rusher, Peyton Barber, who left early for the NFL Draft.
Kameron Martin is scheduled to take summer classes at AU.
While his commitment to Auburn just came on Sunday night, the Tigers have been recruiting Martin for almost three years with Offensive Coordinator Rhett Lashlee staying in touch with him throughout that time. When the problems at Baylor arose it opened the door for Auburn and allowed them to land one of the country's top running back prospects just weeks before the opening of preseason practices.
Scout's Take: "A fun back to watch because he has the speed to make big plays even when the initial reads are not there. He can stop, plant and either find a new hole to squeeze through or bounce it outside and simply out run defenders to the edge. He is blessed to have a combo of good vision and speed. He has the ability to change directions and shift gears seamlessly. He is the perfect spread 'O' runner who’s tough for a defender to get a clean shot on."