A fact not lost on the Decatur, Ala., product.
Martin said the Rebels extended a scholarship early in his sophomore season. A host of schools followed suit, including Auburn, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Georgia, Tennessee and others. Martin, a member of the class of 2018, is rated the No. 205 prospect in the country by Scout.com and the No. 14 running back.
“Ole Miss is definitely one of my top schools,” Martin said. “I don’t have a leader anymore. Everybody’s just about the same. Ole Miss is still really high.”
The Rebels held a junior day Saturday, and the 6-foot, 193-pound Martin made the trip, his third overall — and certainly not last — of the recruiting process.
“I’ve got a real good relationship with (Ole Miss running backs) coach (Derrick) Nix, and Ole Miss was the first school to offer me,” Martin said. “I really like it. I like the facilities, the campus and the coaches, too.”
As a junior for IMG (Fla.) Academy last season, Martin carried 49 ties for 372 yards and four touchdowns. He transferred back home to Austin (Ala.) High School to finish his prep career.
“I just wanted to be back home with mom and my little brother,” he said.
Martin said Ole Miss likes his vision and versatility, and the Rebels are looking for a do-everything running back who’s effective in the both the running game and passing game. Ole Miss hired Phil Longo in the offseason to replace Dan Werner as Rebel offensive coordinator.
“(Nix) has been telling me they’re adding some new stuff. They’re going to try to throw the ball a little bit to the running backs. Stuff like that.”
Martin currently has no additional visits planned, though he wants to see Oklahoma and Florida soon. Martin visited Auburn two weeks ago. Like Ole Miss, he said, the Tigers have noted his versatility, as well as his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.
More than anything, though, Auburn is in his backyard.
“It’s just home, you know what I mean?” Martin said. “It’s Alabama.”
As far as when he’ll make a decision, Martin already has a timetable in mind.
“I’m graduating in December and enrolling early, so it’ll probably be sometime in December,” he said.