Titans’ Martin, Indians’ Valentine named to International Bowl rosters
Days before Kameron Martin puts pen to paper on his college commitment, he’ll get to showcase his skills on an international stage — in Texas.
Port Arthur Memorial’s standout running back has been named to the U.S. Under-19 National Team, which will compete against Canada’s Under-19 National Team in the International Bowl on Jan. 31 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Martin, who is verbally committed to playing at Baylor next fall, is expected to sign a letter of intent on National Signing Day, Feb. 3.
Two more Jefferson County athletes have been selected for the U.S.’ Under-19 Select Team. Port Neches-Groves’ Nick Valentine and Beaumont Legacy Christian’s Taylor Phelps are both defensive linemen who will represent the country against the Canada Under-18 National Team on Jan. 31 as well.
The U.S. and Canada Under-19 National Teams will face off at 3 p.m., with the U.S. Under-19 Select and Canada Under-18 Nationals to kick off at 6 p.m.
Martin rushed for 980 yards and seven touchdowns this season on 160 carries for Memorial, which finished 3-7 this past season. For his career, he has 2,943 career rushing yards.
Valentine has been a part of the U.S. National Developmental team for more than three years, giving him exposure to USA Football’s coaches and experiences with players from around the world. He played a key role on a defensive line that helped the Indians win a share of the District 22-5A championship.
Phelps helped Legacy Christian reach the third round of the TAPPS Division III state playoffs.
The International Bowl includes games ranging from Under-14 to Under-19 teams. Other games will be held Feb. 3 and Feb. 5.