Memorial grad Martin commits to Tigers

Published 3:22 pm Monday, June 27, 2016

By Thursday, Kameron Martin was no longer a Baylor Bear. Three days later, he picked a new college football destination.

The recent Port Arthur Memorial running back announced on Twitter on Sunday he had committed to Auburn, picking the Tigers of the Southeastern Conference over Big 12 power TCU. Martin tweeted: “I’m officially an Auburn Tiger ….” with an emoji of a tiger head and photos of Martin wearing an Auburn home No. 6 jersey while posing around the team’s locker room and another shot of him with Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn.

A message seeking comment from Martin was not returned as of Monday afternoon. But Martin did tell in an article updated Sunday night about his visit:

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“It was amazing. 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.”

Auburn has yet to officially announce Martin’s commitment to the Tigers. reported Martin is expected to enroll at the eastern Alabama university this week.

Martin had signed a letter of intent with Baylor on Feb. 3, which bound him to compete with the Bears or sit out the upcoming season and lose a year of eligibility if he were to transfer. But this past Thursday, Baylor released Martin and four other signees from their letters of intent, making them eligible to compete anywhere this season.

Interim Baylor coach Jim Grobe announced the release a month after the university fired head coach Art Briles as a result of a Baylor-commissioned law firm report that found he and other university leaders did not properly handle sexual assault allegations by female students. Baylor demoted Ken Starr from president to chancellor before Starr resigned, and Ian McCaw stepped down as athletic director.

The Associated Press reported Briles and Baylor mutually agreed to part ways Friday.

“He helped me — I still have a great relationship with him,” Martin told the website of Briles. “He just told me Auburn is a great fit for me with Coach Gus Malzahn and his coaching staff. He said if I was going to Baylor and he was there, it would be the same type of vibe [as at Auburn]. He told me Coach Gus would take care of me. He said with him, it’s about the player, about the university. And shoot, he’s an offensive guru.”

Martin also told the website Briles is one of his mentors and a “great guy” he’ll always have a “wonderful relationship” with.

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I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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