All of those awards are somewhat subjective, but Martin was a force this season as the 6-4, 235-pound defensive end is really mobile and the Mustangs moved him around a lot, side to side, inside to outside, and even down in a stance and sometimes standing up more like an outside linebacker. He was extremely tough to deal with as his two-time Class 4A state wrestling championships would lead you to believe. He has moves, uses his hands well, and know leverage.
"Yes sir, I'm going to wrestle again this year," Martin told us after the Mustangs semifinal win over Clinton. "Wrestling helps me a lot with my football and I enjoy it and I want to win a third championship."
This season in football he finished with 152 tackles, 17 sacks, 17 tackles for loss, and four fumbles caused. He is a player that performed his best in the biggest games and he seems to love the bigger stage making it almost assured that he will adapt rapidly to the next level in Stillwater where I would not bet against him playing some as a true freshman.
It is interesting that joining Martin on the All-State team in The Oklahoman is a rival from his entire high school career in Wagoner quarterback/safety Malcolm Rodriguez. Rodriguez is listed at 6-2, 200 pounds and he and his Wagoner teammates went up against Oologah in classic showdowns every season culminating in one last contest in the 2016 Class 4A State Championship in which Wagoner defeated Oologah.
I know that my son, NEO A&M Junior College assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Zach Allen, felt Rodriguez was one of if not the very best football athlete in the state. He said on the day that Rodriquez committed in December, "I'm proud of my alma mater, they went and got a commitment from a player that often gets overlooked, but Rodriguez is as good a football player at his position as there is in the state of Oklahoma."
This past season, he 79 tackles, two interceptions, and three fumble recoveries on defense. He was also the Bulldogs quarterback and threw for 1,976 yards and 24 touchdowns, while running for 1,681 yards and 21 touchdowns.
You can also include Brendon Evers to the Cowboy commitments that are All-State. The Bixby defensive tackle was injured (knee) at the start of the season but he had nine sacks and four fumbles caused on the season. The 6-2, 292-pound Evers had three sacks in a key semifinal win in the playoffs over nearby Sand Springs and Bixby won a third straight Class 6A-2 state championship.
Other notables from The Oklahoman All-State team:
Cowboy commitments: Martin, Rodriguez, and Evers.
Other Players OSU Offered: Creed Humphrey, OL, Shawnee (OU); Brey Walker, OL, Southmoore (Jr., committed to OU); Owen Condon, OL, OKC McGuinness (Jr., uncommitted); Tyreece Lott, OL/DL, Ardmore (TCU); Reese Leitao, TE/DL, Jenks (Texas); Levi Draper, LB, Collinsville (de-committed from OSU to OU); Evan Fields, 2nd-Team DB, Midwest City (un-committed but KSU, AzSt, ND, and Oregon); 3rd Team Wayne Jones, DB, Owasso (Jr., uncommitted).
Underclass Prospects to Keep an Eye On: Juniors (2018) - Owen Condon, OL, OKC McGuinness; Devonte Lee, RB, OKC John Marshall; Israel Antwine, OL, OKC Millwood; Drake Stoops, WR, Norman North; Hunter Anthony, OL, Tuttle; Jalen Redmond, DE, Midwest City; Nikia Jones, WR/HB, Wagoner; Bryce Bray, OL, Bixby; Wayne Jones, DB, Owasso; Sophomore (2019) - Cole Mashburn, DE, 6-3, 245, Norman North.