Alabama Star considering Vanderbilt

Good college running backs are hard to find these days. Here's a young man that has been playing at the position since his Pee Wee days. He has already accumulated over 2,500 yards rushing and 25 touchdowns during his career. Best of all, he likes Vanderbilt.

John Martin plays for tiny Macon East-Montgomery Academy in Cecil, Alabama. The Academy is only in its sixth year of existence. It's a member of the Alabama Independent School Association (AISA), class 3A. Current Commodore linebacker Luke Hammond played for Macon East with John's brother Nick before transferring to Wetumpka a few years back.

Martin (6-2, 190) possesses good strength for a player his size benching 275 and squatting 475. He has adequate speed with a 4.55 best time in the 40. Martin has good leaping ability with a 30 inch vertical jump distance. In the classroom John excels as well sporting a 3.6 GPA in an honors program.

As a junior at Macon East Martin rushed for over 1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns. Macon East finished the season 9-2. He was named to the Montgomery Advertiser All-Metro team. Martin also was named to the Honorable Mention All-State team.

Although he has no offers yet, John David is being recruited by Alabama, Kentucky, Troy State in addition to Vanderbilt.

"I think he likes Vandy the best, but he also likes the idea of playing at Bama. It may depend on what each school has in mind, but it is his decision", said his father David to VandyMania. Mr. Martin went on to say "John being considered a prospect by a school the caliber of Vanderbilt is a real honor for him. Being invited to the spring game, the personal interest from running back Coach Fisher, the facilities, and campus all sold John on the school."

Martin also excels on the basketball and tennis courts. In hoops he is one of the young schools all-time leading rebounders. In tennis he was ranked as a 14 year old and won several tournaments before dropping the sport to concentrate on football and basketball.

John has done some camping this summer. Recently he camped at Vandy and Alabama. He may camp at Auburn later in the summer.

Martin looks like a fine prospect that will make someone an excellent running back at the college level.


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