AUBURN, Ala. — Nothing is promised in football.
Players are defined by their production on the field, but before they get that shot in front of thousands of fans on Saturday nights, they have to prove it in the weight room and on the practice field.
Former Baylor signee Kameron Martin committed Sunday night to Auburn and will arrive on the Plains for offseason workouts and classes Tuesday. Whether the 4-star running back, a speedster claiming a 40-yard dash time at 4.39 seconds, will play immediately remains to be seen.
The NCAA provided him an unconditional release from his national letter of intent at Baylor and he will be available to play immediately at Auburn, but he will have to prove he’s worth the time on the field during workouts this summer.
“I feel deep down in my heart that I have an opportunity to go in there and compete,” Martin told SEC Country. “Nobody promised me playing time or anything but they told me I have the opportunity.”
Junior Jovon Robinson likely will start at running back when Auburn opens the season Sept. 3 against Clemson. The Tigers do use multiple tailbacks, and the 5-foot-10, 178-pound Martin appears primed to be a speed back and slot receiver in the offense. He will also get a shot at kick return on special teams.
“Like I told them, you give a kid like me an opportunity, I’m going to run away and take it,” he said. “I’m from a small town of Port Arthur, (Texas). It’s just a blessing, man, because all of the stuff I’ve been going through these last few days with Baylor and the release part. I’m just glad I have a family at Auburn.”
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 will wear No. 22 at Auburn. Playing time likely will be on the horizon for the nation’s No. 7 all-purpose running back, especially in the wake of running back/receiver Roc Thomas transferring out of Auburn in the offseason.