"My mom likes Iowa because they are close. They are only about four hours away," Martin said. "The distance doesn't really matter to me, but it is a plus. She's also friends with my old teammate, Ryan Bain's (DL at Iowa), mom. He really likes it there. The coaches are down-to-earth and the facilities are great. They told me that I was at the top of their list for running backs. Louisville also said I was their number one guy."
Despite living in Illinois, Martin grew up watching Texas. "My grandma lives in Texas and I've always watched them. They have a good running back tradition. They always seem to produce good backs."
Martin finished his junior season with 120 carries for 1100 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. He benches 250 pounds and squats 510. "I've got good vision along with speed and acceleration. I can see what is going to happen before it does and know what to do. I'm more of a finesse back and that's something I want to work on," Martin said. "I want to get stronger and be a more powerful runner. I didn't play basketball this season because I hit the weight room to bulk up. I think getting stronger and bigger will help me run through people better and I'll be able to take more hits."
Although he does have a lot of time before he really needs to start thinking about college, Martin knows what he wants. "This is probably going to be the only time I actually get to pick the team I want to play for, so I want to make the right choice," Martin said. "I want to make sure I have a good relationship with the coaches and I'd like to be able to play early. I won't put myself in a situation where I have to sit behind a bunch of backs."
He reports a 2.6 GPA and plans to take the SAT this spring.