Recruiting on the Plains: 2023 RB LJ Martin Player Profile



LJ Martin
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 205
Position: Running Back
Offers: Texas Tech, Air Force, Baylor, Colorado State, Fordham, Kansas, Kansas State, Navy, New Mexico, SMU, UNLV, UTEP, UTSA, Stanford
High School: Canutillo (Canutillo, TX)
Video: Hudl
Commitment Date: April 29, 2022
Cumulative Rating: 90.38

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Canutillo running back LJ Martin became the 20th commitment of the 2023 class for Texas Tech.

Martin is an absolute stud and there’s part of me that thinks that he might be overused in high school. As a junior, Martin rushed 269 times for 2,683 rushing yards, 29 rushing touchdowns, 14 receptions, and 348 receiving yards, and 6 touchdowns. I hope you have time because this is a 7-minute highlight video.

Inside the Red Raiders’ Jarrett Johnson talked to Martin about his commitment.

“Just hanging out with the coaches, Coach (James) Blanchard, Coach (Joey) McGuire, Coach (DeAndre) Smith when he was there,” Martin said. “I really enjoyed them. Coach (Kenny) Perry and Coach Bryant, Kirk Bryant.”

Martin added he talks with Coach Perry and Coach Bryant the most.

“We just talk a lot on the phone, not recruiting, really, I just enjoy talking to him like a friend, I guess,” Martin said. “The other day we were talking about his (Coach Bryant’s) time on the Bachelor, because he went out and did the Bachelor. We talk about stuff like that.”

Do you remember when you were little and you were maybe older than some of the kids that you were playing football with and you were just straight stuntin’ those little kids and dragging them across the end zone? That’s what Martin is doing on the high school level and against kids his age. Martin is just a strong runner, has plenty of wiggle, and he’s so fast. He’s also got some good blocking in front of him. Martin isn’t small so it’s a bit weird watching a taller running back, just so big in comparison to a smaller water-bug type of running back. Is this how recruiting is supposed to be? Fun? Old blogger unable to keep up with everything and players who look really talented and are incredibly athletic?


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