Martin has top five, decision looming

Koda Martin

Koda Martin is looking to make a decision sooner than most in the class of 2014 cycle and he added another team to his short list on Saturday as he claimed an offer while at the University of Alabama's Junior Day. With four other schools in the mix for his eventual services, he expanded on what he's looking for and much more inside.

"It was awesome, I feel really blessed, and it was a good experience," said Koda Martin of Alabama's Junior Day Saturday. "It was good to get an awesome offer from a great school like that."

When Nick Saban and company offered the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Martin, who plays several positions including tight end and defensive end, it wasn't for any one spot. He will have a choice should he choose the Crimson Tide.

"I really don't have a preference to where I play," he added. "In high school, I played defensive end, but I also played tight end when we needed a tight end. Coach Saban told me I can pick my position between defensive end and tight end, or I may grow into a tackle.

"He says that wherever I'm at, I need to want to be there to be able to be successful. It's pretty awesome what they think of me, and I can play either."

"Honestly, I really don't have a preference," Martin continued. "I find pleasure in tackling people and trying to get to the quarterback, but I also enjoy catching the ball, running people over and blocking."

While the offer was the top moment over the weekend for the Manvel (Tex.) product, other elements of his experience in Tuscaloosa stood out.

"Their facilities were awesome; it was nice to tour their stadium and the brand new weight room," he said. "It was good to get to know their coaches a little bit. Coach [Bobby] Williams, the tight end coach, he's a good guy and he's my recruiting coach. Coach [Doug] Nuss (Nussmeier) is a good guy, too.

"The program is a really good one that wins a lot of games. It was definitely an honor to be offered by them."

Martin has a handful of schools, including the defending champs, at the top of his list at this point.

"I have some great offers, I've been blessed," he said. "Alabama is definitely in my top few schools. Alabama, A&M, OU, LSU and Baylor are my top five."

The SEC's move into the Lone Star Statewith Texas A&M has resulted in many new recruiting ties from schools, like Alabama and LSU among others, that don't usually dip into Texas as much as Big 12 programs do. It has caused plenty of buzz in the process.

"The SEC probably sends more guys to the NFL than most conferences," said Martin. "Most would argue that it is the best conference in college football. The Big 12 is also a good conference, and all my teams have the chance at a national title every year.

"Out of those five, all have nice facilities and they win a lot of games," he continued. "They're all good programs, but what's going to make the difference for me is which the best fit is for me. I'll just be praying about which one is God's plan for me and where I'm supposed to go.

"I'm looking for peace to fit in with the players on that team."

Martin plans on making a quick evaluation in person one more time at each school.

"I plan on getting out to some spring practices to see how well it goes for the players on the team and see what type of relationship they have with each other," he added. "I think FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) is going to be a big part of what college I'm going to pick. Glorifying God with everything I do is very important to me."

After the trips, the No. 9 tight end on FOX Sports NEXT/ will be ready to make a decision.

Said Martin, "I plan on committing before my senior season, so I can focus on it and not have too many distractions. I'll probably end up committing late spring/early summer to get it out of the way.

"I want to focus on my senior season."

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