"I've been asking the Texas Tech coaches what it takes to become a Red Raider," said Martin, a rare freshman starter at a premier prep program known for its outstanding running backs. "The coaches told me to keep grinding and to send my film so they could evaluate me.
"Coach (Kevin) Curtis said to keep calling every week so I can keep him informed about my track times. In the YMBL meet, I was running against (five-star DB) Tony Brown in the 100. I ran a 10.88 and placed fourth."
Martin is intrigued by the thought of playing in Texas Tech's wide-open offense when he reaches the next level.
"Coach Kingsbury is going to do what's necessary to bring Tech to a national championship," he predicted. "Texas Tech is a good school and the coaches are great. They have a swag to the offense."
"I'm going to camp this summer at LSU and Texas A&M," he said. "I don't know if I'll make it to Texas camp, but I'm going to try. I've been talking to Baylor and I need to start talking with Coach (Adam) Henry again at LSU.
"I want to earn that first offer, and I'm willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish that goal. I know every person's recruitment is different, though, so I'm not going to get impatient."
Last fall, Martin started multiple games for an 8-3 Memorial team and averaged almost seven yards per carry.
"My best game was against Deer Park," he said, "with 106 yards rushing and a touchdown. My longest run from scrimmage was 52 yards against Houston Bellaire. It came on a zone read and was also my first varsity career touchdown."
Memorial marched to victory vs. both Deer Park and Bellaire.
Martin's touchdown was a crucial factor in the Titans' 42-35 defeat of Deer Park.
Memorial mauled Bellaire, 41-7.
Martin plans to race in the Junior Olympics again this year.
"I'm a sprinter," he stated.