Memorial’s Martin finally a Bear

Published 5:41 pm Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Kameron Martin usually does not show much emotion.

The tears were flowing on Wednesday when he signed his letter of intent to play college football at Baylor.

“It is just a blessing,” Martin said. “You always work hard for the opportunity. I got to see my big brothers Corey Dauphine and Terrance Singleton both sign. To be up here like them, it is just a blessing.”

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Martin struggled the most over the last several months and weeks as Texas started to put in a lot of hours trying to convince him to flip and sign with the Longhorns.

He grew up a Longhorns fan and dreamed of wearing the orange and white as a kid. Now, Martin has new dreams of helping the Bears win a national championship.

“It has been really stressful and I really didn’t get much sleep last night,” Martin said. “I was still deciding where I would go to school, so I prayed and it led me to Baylor. I finally knew 100 percent last night.”

Baylor’s football Twitter account, @BUFootball, reported Wednesday morning Martin was the first recruit to send in his letter to coach Art Briles.

“It came down to the loyalty to the program,” Martin said. “Coach Briles was always loyal to me. That is where I felt I should be, in Waco.”

Baylor finished 10-3 in 2015 and capped the year with a 49-38 victory over North Carolina in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

Martin is in good hands if the bowl game was any indication of how serious Briles is about the running game. The Bears ran for a Russell Athletic Bowl record 645 yards.

Martin was not alone Wednesday at Memorial’s annual National Signing Day event.

Kaleb Allen signed with Cisco Junior College, Brandon Artis and Marcus Younger both inked with Texas A&M-Kingsville, Issac Jones signed with McMurry University, Fabbian Scott inked with Graceland University and Brandon Jackson signed with Sam Houston State.

Jackson joins one of the best programs in the Football Championship Subdivision.

The Bearkats lost in the NCAA Division I semifinals to Jacksonville State, 61-10, and finished 11-3.

“I have been waiting for years to get here,” Jackson said. “It is a relief now that it is over. Sam Houston was the first to offer me and stayed connected with me. I enjoyed the whole process.”

Jackson said he leaned on his parents and Memorial coaches for advice when it came time to make a decision. He said the Bearkats offered him a scholarship in April.

“I am ready to reach for other things now,” Jackson said. “I am happy to be where I am at now. It is really a blessing. Lamar never offered me, so I will be ready to play against them. It will be great coming back home when we come to Beaumont. I will be ready for that moment.”


About Gabriel Pruett

Gabriel Pruett has worked with both the Port Arthur News and Orange Leader since 2000. A majority of the time has been spent covering all aspects of Southeast Texas high school sports. Pruett's claim to fame is...being able to write his own biographical information for this website.

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