Big Back Has Big Fondness for Tigers

A football recruiting report is featured on a 2010 prospect who put up impressive numbers as a junior.

Ringgold, Ga.--Martez Eastland is a powerful running back who says that the Auburn Tigers are his favorite after checking out Coach Gene Chizik's team at last Saturday's junior day.

"I grew up watching Auburn a lot and that has been the school I pretty much wanted to go to," Eastland tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "We will have to see what happens."

Eastland says his two favorite running backs played at Auburn--current NFL star Ronnie Brown of the Miami Dolphins and Bo Jackson, the 1985 Heisman Trophy winner, who played for the Oakland Raiders.

Eastland, who is 6-0, 230 pounds, says he has early offers from Auburn, Tennessee, South Carolina and UAB and adds that he believes more are on the way.

Last fall he rushed for 1,521 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior, his second season as a starter at Ringgold High. He also caught 10 passes for 200 yards with two going for touchdowns.

Commenting on his trip to Auburn, Eastland says, "It was a pretty good junior day. I really liked it. Overall it was better than Tennessee's. I was up there for that one the previous week.

"At the Auburn junior day we talked about how the season is going to be next year," Eastland says. "I talked to the coaches and I talked to the head coach (Chizik). He's a pretty good guy. I think they are going to turn the program around."

Eastland, who runs a 4.6 40, has shown the ability to run past and through defensive players. Asked what he thinks the best part of his game is, he says, "Getting north and south real quick and it is hard to bring me down."

Looking ahead to his senior season, Eastland says, "We were going to run the spread, but the starting quarterback tore his ACL so we are going to run the I formation. Sometimes we will get in the spread."

Commenting on his football skills, the big back says, "I am pretty much versatile. I have played quarterback, running back, cornerback and receiver."


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