June 26, 2016
The Auburn Tigers added another running back Sunday, as 4-star rusher Kameron Martin committed to the program.
Martin, a former Baylor Bears signee, announced the decision on Twitter. He is ranked as the seventh-best all-purpose back in the nation and the 268th-best overall prospect in the 2016 class.
After visiting the campus for the first time this weekend, Martin pulled the trigger and committed to the Tigers.
He emphasized the family atmosphere at Auburn after his visit, per AL.com’s Wesley Sinor.
“It was amazing,” he said. “They treated me like family. … The guys really want me and they feel like I can fit real good in their offense. They feel like I can come in there and play running back. My thing is, I just want to go somewhere where I can compete at the highest level. The SEC is the highest level.”
With Martin’s addition, Auburn now has the ninth-ranked 2016 recruiting class in the nation.
Martin was one of five Baylor signees to be granted releases after former head coach Art Briles’ controversial departure, according to ESPN.com’s Gerry Hamilton and Mark Schlabach.
Hamilton provided an update on each player:
Per Auburn’s official website, head coach Gus Malzahn has produced 12 1,000-yard rushers as a head coach or offensive coordinator. That could be tougher this season, as the team lost last season’s top rusher, Peyton Barber, to the NFL draft, and former 5-star recruit Roc Thomas transferred from the program in May.
Jovon Robinson will be the top back moving forward, with versatile sophomore Kerryon Johnson also set for a significant role. Yet Martin should be able to find some time as a change-of-pace runner who can help on third down. He is quick, which could also translate into a role on special teams.
SEC Country’s Brandon Marcello echoed those sentiments following the commitment:
Take a look at the highlight reel Baylor posted:
Normally explosive under Malzahn, Auburn finished 80th in total offense last season, so it needs any help it can get. Martin is unlikely to play a major role this fall, but he may show some flashes of brilliance with his blazing speed.
Recruiting information is courtesy of 247Sports.
Statistics are courtesy of ESPN.com.
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