Six-foot-one, 214-pound Tyrone Martin from Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City told Inside the Auburn Tigers that he is on the verge of choosing a school.
"I think I'm going to commit to Auburn soon, I hope," Martin says. "I came down and watched some practices. They have a good team. They're a little young right now, but they have a great team." He also says Auburn's lack of depth at linebacker would make the Tigers an interesting choice. "That makes a difference. I would have a chance, more than likely, to play early."
In addition to Auburn, Martin notes that he's also considering Middle Tennessee State, Duke and Notre Dame. He already has official visits set for Auburn on January 18 with trips slated for Duke and Notre Dame later this year.
Linebacker Tyrone Martin waits for the defensive signals from the sideline last Friday night.
Playing middle linebacker and occasionally tailback for the Class 5A Wildcats, Martin should be known as "The Mailman" on the field because he delivers rain or shine. With 79 tackles and 9 ½ sacks in just six games on defense, the speedy Martin constantly disrupts opposing offenses with his attacking style of play. With 110 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown on offense, Martin can also get it done with the ball in his hands, though he is seldom needed on offense with the exception of big games.
"My speed is the strength of my game," he says. "I'm pretty fast. I also read real well and can tell where the ball is going."
At 6-1 and 214 pounds, Martin says that one of the things he's working on is getting bigger. Eating and working out constantly, the former track participant for Benjamin Russell has gained almost 20 pounds from last season and will likely play at around 230 pounds in college.
A runner-up to Homewood for last season's 5A state title, the Wildcats are off and running again this season looking to avenge their disappointment from December's five-overtime loss in Birmingham. The two teams have already met this season and once again Homewood took an overtime win, but it wasn't because Martin didn't have an impact. With 17 tackles and 80 yards rushing with a touchdown, Martin almost single-handedly kept the Wildcats in the game.
Now on the verge of clinching another playoff berth, the senior says he thinks the Homewood games have them ready for another trip to the Magic City.
"We're having a great season so far," he says. "We've got one more week. If we win this week (against Booker T. Washington) we're guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. I think we're going to take it back to Birmingham this year…They (Homewood) gave us something to fight for to get to that point again."
Tiger Ticket Extra: In addition to Martin, Benjamin Russell also has several prospects who will be heard from when signing day rolls around. Safety/wide receiver Jeremy Toler, who was a visitor to Auburn this past weekend, is having another outstanding season for the Wildcats. Adding another interception this past Friday night to his totals this season, Toler is hoping to beat his outstanding total of 14 from last season. Offensive tackle Jeremy Meade is also a player who college coaches will be keeping an eye on. At 6-4, 315 pounds, Meade has a chance to make a name for himself with a strong senior season.