July 1, 2016
Auburn picked up a commitment from Brandon Martin, the top JUCO wide receiver in the 2017 recruiting class, on Friday afternoon.
Martin confirmed his choice of the Tigers on social media. He’s a 4-star wideout who ranks as the sixth-best junior college prospect overall and the second-best one from the state of Texas, according to 247Sports‘ composite rankings.
It sounds like Auburn’s Big Cat Weekend last month sealed the deal. Jeffrey Lee of AuburnSports.com passed along comments from the wideout after he spent three days at the program’s event with his parents and coach.
“I think they loved it, too,” Martin said. “I was happy to see my mom and dad smiling and having fun. I think they would really be with (my decision) if I came to Auburn.”
The Prime Prep Academy standout is already an imposing figure on the outside at 6’4″ and 205 pounds, though he could benefit from adding more muscle to his frame. Otherwise, he has all the physical tools that coaches want to see from an incoming receiver.
Tigers fans will get a chance to track Martin’s progress with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College this fall. Bulldogs coach Chad Huff explained what makes him a special prospect, per Patrick Ochs of the Sun Herald.
“I think he’s a big kid who can stretch the field. Long with good speed,” Huff said. “We’re looking for good things out of him. He’ll definitely allow us to do some things down the field as well as with his ability to block on the perimeter.”
He could end up make a quick impact with Auburn next year, assuming he’s able to continue making positive strides at the JUCO level. Two wide receivers who are expected to see plenty of playing time for the Tigers this season, Tony Stevens and Marcus Davis, are both seniors.
Ultimately, the early Martin signing is even more impactful when you factor in Auburn’s need to fill those voids after the 2016 campaign. The Tigers will probably still emphasize adding a few more top receiver targets to the class, though.
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