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July 15, 2014
Martin: I'm 100 percent Baylor
Kameron Martin will finally get some sleep.Maybe
Port Arthur Memorial's talented and versatile 2016 running back had been up since 2:00 a.m. Tuesday making sure that everything he thought about committing to Baylor was clear, every question had been answered and most importantly, this is something he really wanted to do.
Before he walked into workouts at school, Martin (5-10, 174) called the Baylor coaching staff and told them he was committing to their program. Needless to say the news came as a pleasant surprise. The only person who knew about what was coming was Martin's mother.
"I've been thinking about this since Sunday,'' Martin said. "I just felt that the coaching staff would take care of me if I made this happen. It was a great feeling because I think I can be an impact player in their offense and have a chance to win a national championship and a Big 12 championship.''
This kind of commitment carries a lot in the way the Baylor recruits and wins these battles. Martin held 21 offers - Texas and Texas A&M have not offered yet - but the noteworthy others came from defending national champion Florida State, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Florida. To be sure, Martin will be a candidate to land on Rivals first 2016 250 list when it is released later this year.
But there was something about Baylor being his first offer. The Bears offered him at their Cy Falls camp in 2012. And the relationship he maintained with defensive backs coach Carlton Buckels and running backs coach Jeff Lebby has been steady.
Martin's versatility should fit into what Baylor likes to do with its running backs. Think Shock Linwood. Last fall, Martin rushed for 1,040 yards and 14 TDs and should see his role expand this fall. He has gifted hands so he can catch the ball out of the backfield.
"I can play running back, wide receiver, return punts and be on the kick return team,'' he said. "I just want to get on the field and make plays. I want to make an impact.''
There's also the potential for Martin to grow a little more. That could mean another inch or two. Playing at 190 could be ideal. But that can be determined once he arrives on campus.
With his commitment and about 18 months away from Feb. 3, 2016, the questions will always follow him on the stability of his commitment. Martin expects there to be continued attention. But character also counts when a decision like this is made.
"I'm 100 percent to Baylor,'' Martin said. "There's always going to be attention coming. But I want to stay true to my word.''