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Martin talks 2-0 start

Gophers OLB/DE commit Kamal Martin and his Burnsville team are off to a quick start going 2-0 after a 24-6 win over Lakeville South last night. GopherDigest was at the game and caught up with Martin after to learn more.

"The guys that I have on this team put in work day in and day out," Kamal Martin said last night following his team's 24-6 victory over Lakeville South. "That's only going to make us better. If we keep doing that, big things are going to happen for us this season and I'm excited for it. My running back and linebacker Steph Olson is my bread and butter right there. Ever since little league football he's been making plays and I expect him to keep making them. I wasn't surprised when he had that one handed pick-six tonight as he makes plays like that every since game."

Being a captain for his Burnsville squad is something that Martin takes seriously.

"It is more of a leadership role for me this year and I have to hold these guys accountable and myself as well," Martin explained. "The whole team has to put in 100%, no 110%, and we'll go far this season. I love playing safety this year as I was working on my DB technique all summer and with my team, so I've enjoyed it. Just have to keep improving though."

Martin has shut his recruiting down and is solid to Minnesota.

"I'm 110% to Minnesota," Kamal Martin told GopherDigest. "I've been hearing from Coach Sherels or Coach Glasscock, so it's all good there. I'm also glad to see all the commits performing every Friday night now and if you can see that, big things are going to happen and Im excited for that. The Gophers have just told me that they want me as an athlete and that we'll see about a position after this season. To potentially be playing with Carter Coughlin and Thomas Barber as a linebacker would be crazy as we all have incredible talent I believe and when we put that together, big things will happen."

Burnsville head coach, Tyler Krebs, is pleased with the way his team has started the season.

"I thought we played well tonight and I thought our offensive line really controlled the line of scrimmage," Krebs said to GopherDigest. "We've got real physical guys up front and a group of talented guys like Kamal, Steph and Jackson Martens is another one who I think is going to be a scholarship player here down the line, so we've got some kids. This is the best team that I've had in the five years I've been here and I think we can compete with anybody."

Krebs has been impressed with the transformation from one of his senior captains.

"He's a completely different kid," Krebs said about Gophers commit Kamal Martin. "It's unbelievable. Our whole season class has really grown, but Kamal leads by example and he knows when to also speak. He's an unbelievable worker and everything he does rubs off on others and our kids believe in him. Just having him on the field is beneficial as we could rest him on defense, but our whole defense just feels different when he's not out there. He controls everything from his safety spot and I think the Gophers got a great player. We play him all over the field because he makes plays so wherever they put him at, I think he'll do well."

Minnesota fans should know that Krebs believes the Gophers got a steal in Martin. 

"He's physicial, he's a super hard worker and he's got a big frame on him. He went to their camp and he was the most physical guy running around making plays. You take guys like that and that want to work and he will be 250-260 lbs, two or three years from now and can be the tight end or defensive end or wherever they want him at. That's a great coaching staff at Minnesota as I think they're very good teachers there. They'll figure the best fit for him and I think he'll be a kid that's on the field."

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