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Recruiting on the Plains: 2017 QB Xavier Martin Player Profile

Texas Tech nabs their second commit for the 2017 class in Cibolo Steele athlete extraordinaire, Xavier Martin.

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XAVIER MARTIN QUARTERBACK/ATHLETE
HT/WT: 6-0 FORTY: 180
HIGH SCHOOL: Steele (Cibolo, TX)
OFFERS: Texas Tech
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VIDEO: Hudl
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PROFILE DATE: July 28, 2015

The Player Speaks: SAEN’s Ben Baby talked with Martin, who said that Texas Tech was a good fit for him and his family:

“I feel like it was the best fit for me and my family,” Martin said. “I have a lot of friends up there and I have a good relationship with all the coaches.”

Wreck’Em 24/7’s Daniel Paulling also talked with Martin, who said that the Texas Tech coaches trust that he can eventually play quarterback:

“I feel like they have a trust in me because they think I can do that,” Martin said. “I’m going to show them next season that they made the right decision to offer me. I went to their camp. They liked my arm. They liked my speed. They thought I moved well in the pocket.”


RELATED: 2017 QB Xavier Martin Commits to Texas Tech


Scouting Report: The smart play for me here is to not really evaluate Martin as a quarterback because he hardly has any film as a quarterback. Playing only one game last year, Martin will be going into his senior year as the starter at quarterback. Martin says it himself that the coaches trust him, but Martin actually has to perform, and he has two years to make the transition.

One thing is certain, Texas Tech does have an explosive running back or receiver or quarterback or athlete. The question is if he can make the transition. As a sophomore, Martin mainly played receiver, see the SAEN article linked above, but as noted below, Martin also played a little bit of this and that. I think a lot of the early part of the video is maybe the J.V. team. Thhose don’t look like high school players. May be wrong there, but that’s not enough people in the stands to be a Steele high school game and Martin is making folks look silly. The burst of speed when he’s hitting the hole is pretty special.

And to clarify, according to Scout’s Gabe Brooks, as a sophomore, Martin finished with 402 yards of offense in just one or two games:

Martin finished his sophomore season with 402 yards of total offense. He completed 6 of 15 passes for 60 yards and one touchdown, while rushing 17 times for 117 yards and another score. Martin caught 10 passes for 225 yards four touchdowns, finishing third on the team in touchdown receptions and fourth in receiving yards.

The smart play is for me to hold off until we see some more film of Martin at the varsity level playing quarterback. We’ve got two years to figure this out and my intent is to take a look at Martin and Castaneda after we have some junior film on both of them. I’d also suggest that it wouldn’t surprise me for Texas Tech to take a look at another quarterback for the 2017 class. We don’t know that Martin is going to absolutely work out. They think enough of him to be able to offer him a scholarship based upon what he can do athletically, but we have no idea what Martin can do once the lights turn on.

Make sure and check out Staking The Plains’ Recruiting Table for a map of where all the commits are located and links on every commit.

Xavier, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!

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