Aggies Add No. 13

Texas A&M's recruiting momentum coming off an unprecedented 11-2 in their inaugural SEC season continued on Saturday when Manvel offensive tackle called head coach Kevin Sumlin and verbally committed. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop spoke to A&M's latest commitment to get details of his decision.

Texas A&M's former students are all smiles after head coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff reeled in commit No. 13 of the 2014 recruiting class when Manvel offensive tackle Koda Martin verbally pledged to be an Aggies on Saturday.

"I called up Coach Sumlin and told him I was ready to commit," Martin said. "I prayed on it and I felt at peace with my decision to go to A&M. I like the coaches and I'm so comfortable with the university and all of the traditions. I had some great schools recruiting me and I want to thank all of them for their interest in me, but I was ready to end the process and make my decision today."

The recent success of Aggie tackles and the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of current and future first rounders Luke Joeckel, Jake Matthews, and Cedric Ogbuehi was also a big factor in choosing the Aggies.

"I spent some time with Luke Joeckel and he gave me insights into what I need to accomplish to be a successful D-1 tackle. I think I have the length and athleticism to be an elite tackle," Martin said. "With a redshirt year and a lot of eating and working out, I should be 295-300 pounds in two years and ready to step in and carry the torch as an A&M tackle."

With a changing of the guard at the two tackle positions coming possibly as early as next season, Sumlin wanted to bring in several quality prospects the 2014 class. With four-star OL Kealvin Davis already in the fold, Martin's commitment leaves the Aggies just one more piece away from fulfilling its needs with seven months to go until signing day.

Martin's pledge marks the third Manvel High product to join the Aggie family in less than a year. In 2013, four-star wide receiver Kyrion Parker and four-star cornerback Tavares Garner inked with Texas A&M. The latest commit likes the idea of having former teammates becoming current teammates once again.

"Tavares and Kyrion are not only good football players, but they are great teammates," Martin said. "It just added to all of the positives of coming to Texas A&M. I'm at peace with my decision and I'm excited to be an Aggie. This ends the recruiting process for me, and it's a relief. Now I can focus on my senior season."

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