Texas A&M Recruiting: OL Prospect Koda Martin Commits to Aggies

Michael Taglienti@@miketag98Featured ColumnistJune 8, 2013

COLLEGE STATION, TX - APRIL 13:  Head coach Kevin Sumlin of the Texas A&M Aggies chats with his quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 during the Maroon & White spring football game at Kyle Field on April 13, 2013 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Aggie fans who follow recruiting saw their favorite tweet from head coach Kevin Sumlin this afternoon. Manvel offensive tackle recruit Koda Martin verbally committed to Texas A&M. 

Sumlin responded with his trademark "Yessir" on Twitter.

NCAA rules prohibit college coaches from discussing recruits before they sign a letter of intent. But Twitter-savvy Aggies have come to learn that every time Sumlin tweets out his signature phrase, it means great news for the program. The commitment of Martin is truly great news for the A&M football team. 


— Kevin Sumlin (@CoachSumlin) June 8, 2013

Martin is a 6'6", 250-pound jumbo athlete who projects as an offensive tackle in college. He is rated as a 3-star recruit by 247Sports and the No. 50 overall player in Texas. 

Martin has played tight end and defensive end for Manvel (TX) High School, where his father, Bob Martin, is the head coach. Manvel also produced 2013 Texas A&M recruits Kyrion Parker and Tavares Garner. 

As a junior, Martin caught five passes for 33 yards and one touchdown as a tight end. At defensive end, he recorded 64 tackles with 4.5 sacks and recovered four fumbles. 

Martin announced his commitment to the Aggies over Twitter. He is the Aggies' second offensive tackle commit in the 2014 class. 

His pledge also means that the Aggies are in good position to end up with a top-five recruiting class in February. If they can get prospects like Myles Garrett and Jamal Adams to sign, they will have a legitimate shot at landing the No. 1 class in the country. 

Although he is 6'6", Martin has good bend and is able to get leverage on defensive linemen when run-blocking. He is a tremendous athlete and is being recruited by some colleges as a defensive end. 

The Aggies beat out LSU, Texas, Alabama, Auburn and Baylor for Martin's commitment. Since he currently weighs around 250 pounds, Aggie fans should expect Martin to redshirt during the 2014 season, and then compete for a starting spot at tackle in 2015. 

Martin will team up with Garland (TX) Lakeview Centennial tackle Kealvin Davis to give the Aggies two of the most athletic tackle prospects in the nation. 

The Texas A&M football team produced the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft when left tackle Luke Joeckel was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jake Matthews will likely be a top-10 selection in the 2014 draft. 

Cedric Ogbuehi is currently the starting right tackle for the Aggies, and he may be a better athlete than both Joeckel and Matthews. The commitments from Davis and Martin continue the assembly line of elite offensive tackles playing for Texas A&M

In order to be an elite team in the Southeastern Conference, you have to be elite in the trenches. Martin's verbal pledge to the Aggies pushes them further towards that goal.