AUBURN, Ala. — Kameron Martin stepped off the plane Saturday night in Dallas a few hours after visiting Auburn and already knew where he was going.
Yes, a visit to TCU was still on the docket Sunday but by the time his plane landed Saturday night, the 4-star running back knew he was going to commit to Auburn. The former Baylor signee made it official less than 24 hours later with an announcement Sunday night on Twitter, providing Auburn an unexpected late addition to its top-10 signing class.
“The main reason I committed to Auburn was because it’s family, man,” Martin told SEC Country. “Those guys did everything that I wanted to hear and everything speaks for itself. It’s the SEC, one of the biggest fan bases in the nation and I just want to be a part of something big and special.”
Martin signed with Baylor in February but was granted a release from his national letter of intent following the football program’s sexual misconduct scandal under coach Art Briles. Briles was suspended with intent to terminate and later agreed to part ways with the university.
Martin prayed he would be released unconditionally from his letter of intent, providing him the opportunity to sign with another school and play immediately in the fall.
“I’m a positive guy and I’m all about having faith, so I wasn’t trying to think negatively on that part but I just wanted to have faith in that,” he said. “I kinda knew deep down in my heart and I prayed on it — that those guys were going to release me.”
Martin’s quick-fire decision Sunday night is one of several fast steps in the recruiting process for the Port Arthur, Texas native. He visited Auburn on Friday and Saturday without his mother or family members, hung out with Gus Malzahn at his Auburn home and traveled to Dallas to visit TCU. In the end, the gut feeling he had on the plane was his final decision after visiting TCU.
Martin will arrive at Auburn on Tuesday. This time his family will be with him as he moves into a dormitory.
“They’ve only heard about [Auburn],” he said. “It’s going to be nice when they see it.”
Martin is a lifelong Texas native and mostly considered Texas colleges during the recruiting process, so why did Auburn jump on the radar? Did he have doubts about leaving his home state for the SEC?
“My main motto was, when it’s time for me to go to the NFL, I can’t tell a head coach that I’m scared to be away from Texas, you know?” Martin said. “It’s a business and sometimes you have to get away and see the world. That was my main reason. I had to make the best decision and that was getting out of Texas.
“I’m a die-hard Texas guy. Shoot, man, I’ve been in Texas all my life. I’m from Port Arthur and that’s who I’m going to go do it for: my city and my family.”