Tyrone Martin, a 6-1, 214-pounder with 4.5 speed, projects as a jack linebacker for the Tigers. Kevis Burnam, a 6-2, 230, 4.6 performer from Macon County High in Montezuma, Ga., projects as a middle linebacker.
Martin committed in the fall to the Tigers, but has been recruited by other colleges since then. However, he says his pledge to the Tigers is strong. He was on the AU campus for his official visit last weekend along with 18 other prospects, including Burnam.
"My visit to Auburn went great," says Martin. "We had a lot of fun. Karlos Dansby was my player host. I am going to make it official on Feb. 6th (national signing day) that I am going to Auburn."
A strong student at Benjamin Russell High in Alexander City, Martin says he plans to major in civil engineering. "I met with several of the professors in that department when I was in Auburn," he says.
Tyrone Martin was a tackling machine for Benjamin Russell High School.
With football finished until he reports to Auburn for classes in August, Martin is working out with the Benjamin Russell High baseball team to stay in shape. "Those are the guys at our school doing workouts so that is why I am with them," he says. "I am not planning on playing baseball." Martin is bench pressing 310 pounds and says he consistently runs his 40-yard dash times in the 4.5s.
Tiger Ticket Extra: After losing in the state championship in a four-overtime heartbreaker as a junior, he led the Wildcats to a 5A state championship his senior season with more than 200 tackles. The title game was a rematch with Homewood. "It feels great to be a champion," he says. "I have a nice big ring for that. With all of the talent that is coming in, hopefully, I will have a national championship ring to go with it."