With the Texas state title games concluded, Texas Tech very nearly had two quarterback commits playing for championships.
While 2016 commit Jett Duffey and his Lake Ridge Mansfield teammates played for the UIL Class 5A Division 1 championship, 2017 commit Xavier Martin and his Cibolo Steele teammates came up short in the Class 6A Division 2 semifinals against eventual state champions Katy.
However, Martin isn’t discouraged by the loss. If anything, he’s more motivated to achieve his goals during his senior season next fall.
“I’m already over the loss,” Martin said. “I’m just worried about getting better for next season. We’re only losing five starters from this team so we should have a really good shot next year.
“At the beginning of the year, I was nervous to make some throws and to make mistakes. As I got deeper into the season, I was more comfortable and confident in just making my read and throwing it to the receivers and trusting them to make the play. I still finished the season with 2,100 yards passing and 21 TD’s and 700 yards rushing and 8 TD’s. I completed 70% of my passes with only like 3 interceptions. I broke the school completion percentage record this year, but my personal goal for next fall besides winning a title is to break the yardage record which is 2,200 so I feel like with how comfortable I am now, both my team and I can do special things next year.”
With a terrific season on a great team, 5-foot-11, 170 pound Martin is definitely turning heads and drawing interest. However, it was Texas Tech who recognized it first and offered that will be rewarded.
“I was really happy when I got the offer because it was my first offer and I knew I would be able to go to college, but I didn’t commit until three or four weeks of having the offer,” Martin stated. “I talked to my parents and my coaches and thought it was the best decision for me because I want to stay in Texas and I knew a lot of schools in Texas already had a quarterback commit in my class too.”
Even with all of the departures happenning around the state, Martin’s commitment hasn’t been shaken.
“I’m 100% to Texas Tech,” Martin said. “I can’t see myself going anywhere else but there. I have a good relationship with the coaches and current players already there and I have friends that go to Texas Tech already so I feel like I already have a great support system in place there. Everything Pat (Mahomes) has been able to do at Texas Tech is great. That offense fits him perfectly and I think it will fit me perfectly too. How much they pass and how much freedom the quarterback has to run as well, I think it’s a perfect fit for me.”
Despite having the newly-named Mr. Texas Football Award recipient Jett Duffey in the class in front of him, Martin isn’t concerned.
“Having a quarterback in the class in front of mine is just competition,” Martin stated. “Good schools take a quarterback just about every year so I have no problem with that. I’m going to go up there and fight for a spot regardless of who the other quarterbacks are.”
Not only is Martin 100% on his commitment, but he is frequently talking with his fellow Red Raider commits and actively recruiting players to join him in the class.
“I haven’t really talked to many of the 2016 commits, but those of us in the 2017 class have a group chat and we talk every day,” Martin said. “I talk to a bunch of other guys all the time including my current running back Travell Lumpkin and tell them we need them in our class.”