Intro 2013: RB Deon Martin

The Scout 2013 Top 100 member, Bakersfield (Calif.) Stockdale running back Deon Martin, is off to a strong start in his junior season...

Bakersfield (Calif.) Stockdale running back Deon Martin (5-9, 206) is one of the top 2013 prospects in the West, a productive back who's coming off an all-state sophomore year and was already off to a strong start in his junior season.

Last fall as a sophomore, Martin rushed 255 times for 1,900 yards and 23 touchdowns as earning All-SuperSoph Team honors in 2010.

This year, in the opener alone, he ran for 407 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 31 yards a carry. He's missed the last two games because of a transfer earlier in his prep career that has sidelined him for the time being.

But on the recruiting front, there has been plenty of activity for him.

"I've been hearing the most from UCLA, Oregon, Alabama, Auburn, Virginia and really, all the Pac-12 schools have sent me letters so far," said Martin. "I'm hearing the most heavily from UCLA and Alabama."

And both those schools have produced running backs in the last few years that Martin admires.

"I really liked watching Mark Ingram and Maurice Jones-Drew," said Martin. "But I really like the other backs from back in the day, from the 60's to the 80's. My favorite one to watch is Earl Campbell."

While Martin has an appreciation for the past, it's his future he's most excited about, as he awaits his first offer.

"Some schools could offer me this season," said Martin. "Most likely UCLA, I know they for sure are closest and then Alabama."

Martin camped at UCLA and at the USC Nike Camp as well as the Passing Down Camp, getting out to be seen.

"I went to the UCLA-San Jose State game and I talk with Coach (Mike) Johnson and Coach (Inoke) Breckterfield a lot," said Martin.

With a good 16 months until he can sign a letter of intent, Martin isn't in any kind of hurry to make a decision.

"I definitely want to take all of my trips, just for the experience because I really haven't been anywhere else but California," said Martin. "So I want to see what else is out there."

Academically, Martin has a 3.5 GPA and took the PSAT last month and will take the SAT in the spring.

Brandon is in his seventh year with, currently as the National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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