“It was a family decision," Martin said. "I talked to my coaches and my family about it and I felt like it was a great choice for me considering the fact that I have some friends up there already and people that are committed and will be going there next year."
Those guys would be his former teammates running back Justin Stockton (2014 class) and offensive lineman Terrence Steele (2015) who have signed with the Red Raiders. Also, two of his teammates running back Bryson Denley and receiver Antoine Cox-Wesley are committed for the current cycle.
That was definitely a factor for Martin who considers himself very close with Denley and Cox-Wesley, who he has been hitting the weight room and working with everyday.
“I loved the visit. I loved the campus, the facilities it was really nice. I loved all the coaches,” Martin said.Martin and Texas Tech coach Mike Jinks, who formerly coached at Steele have built a relationship over a period of time and it’s paid off. Martin said Jinks was a factor to his commitment and their relationship even grew during the visit.
“I felt like I had a good relationship with him already. I wanted to go to a college where I had a good relationship with the coaches so I felt that [Texas Tech] would be a great choice,” Martin said.
The whole coaching staff made a good impression on Martin, including head coach and quarterback guru Kliff Kingsbury.
“That’s another reason why I did it [committed] because I know that he was a great quarterback in his college years and went to the pros, so I feel like he could lead me in the right direction,” Martin said.
During his sophomore season Martin compiled over 400 yards and six touchdowns of total offense for Steele, but will transition to quarterback for his upcoming season.
When it comes to the season ahead Martin said his only goal is for Steele to take state and now with his commitment he has one less thing on his mind.
“I’m so excited. I’m glad I have finally decided where I will be going,” Martin said.
Martin revealed later on Twitter later Tuesday that Steele teammate Travell Lumpkin, a 2017 running back, plans on visiting Lubbock later this week. Maybe another Knight will commit to the Red Raiders, so stay tuned.
My Running Back @tlump30 will be at Texas Tech Wednesday, July 29th so keep a look out for him ??????— Xavier Martin (@Thexaviermartin) July 27, 2015