Martavius Neloms is a new name to most Wildcat fans. Most people didn't know about him until he committed and with good reason. "(Kentucky) had been recruiting me for just over a month," said Neloms. Neloms had a chance to watch Kentucky during their time at the Liberty Bowl in his hometown Memphis.
Neloms led Fairley High (Tn.) to a 9-3 record this season. He also had a great individual season. "My season went great. I led the state in interceptions (8) and I made all-Memphis and All-State." Neloms also picked up 50 tackles from his corner position as well.
With the number of interceptions that Neloms picked up, what he perceives as his strength should be fairly obvious. "My ability to find the ball. I'm a ball-hawk on defense," he said. "I do want to work on my tackling ability. I also want to work on my coverage skills," said Neloms.
"I just got better every week," said Neloms. "I worked hard in practice day in and day out. I work hard in the weight room," he continued.
At 6-foot-2, 180-pounds, Neloms has great size for the corner position. Neloms also runs the forty in under 4.5 consistently, so the speed is also there.
Kentucky's need for a corner has been well documented and that's the place the UK staff projects Martavius to. "They want me as a corner. They told me I'd fit in great," he said. "They run a lot of man and they think I can play a lot of man."
So what sold Neloms on Kentucky? "They have a great academic program. They are really on their kids about graduating," said Neloms. He also enjoyed the atmosphere in Lexington. "Demorio Ford was my host. They just showed me around. They introduced me to a lot of player and took me to a couple of parties," said Neloms.
Neloms picked Kentucky over Southern Mississippi and Arkansas State.