BURNSVILLE, Minn. — As one of the top prep prospects in the state of Minnesota for the 2016 recruiting cycle, quarterback Kamal Martin has been a known commodity in the Midwest for over a year now.
In 2014, Martin had a productive season that cemented his status as a dangerous dual-threat quarterback. Martin passed for over 1,000 yards, 12 touchdowns and just one interception, while adding over 400 yards on the ground.
Martin sees more production this coming year as it “will be a bigger year because [Burnsville] will be passing a lot more.”
Many Big Ten schools then showed interest and Martin recently took unofficial visits to Northwestern, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan State and Wisconsin. It was Eastern Michigan and Northern Iowa, though, that recently stepped forward with scholarship offers for Martin, and he says that they have been a focus for him.
“Well first, both schools are great schools that definitely had an impact on my recruiting,” Martin said. “But Eastern Michigan was the right fit for me. I grew to know the coaching staff and they grew to know my family. It just clicked. I have a real special bond with them.”
In particular, Martin has grown close to Eastern Michigan offensive line coach Ryan Grubbs, the program’s recruiting coordinator for the state of Minnesota.
“I have a great relationship with the staff,” Martin said. “They treat me like real family and that can go a long way.”
According to 247sports.com, Martin is listed as a three-star prospect and the No. 38 dual-threat quarterback in the country. With a dynamic skill set that is invaluable inside a spread offense, Martin sees himself as a good fit in the Eagles’ offense in the future.
“I believe that I can bring a leadership setting to Eastern Michigan and a position where I can allow myself to succeed on and off the field,” Martin said. “With the offense they run, I think I would be a great fit because of my athletic ability that needs to be fulfilled at the quarterback spot.”
In terms of early playing time at Eastern Michigan, it is a goal that Martin would like to achieve, but it has not been discussed yet and will ultimately be decided on the field.
“I am leaving that to how hard I work, which they will be receiving a great work ethic coming from me and the path the man upstairs leads me on,” Martin said. “But yes, that would be very fortunate.”
According to 247sports, Martin is the fourth commitment for Eastern Michigan in the 2016 class and the highest-ranking prospect to choose the Eagles thus far. Martin’s pledge boosts Eastern Michigan to the No. 9 position in the MAC conference (ahead of Central Michigan, Buffalo and Kent State) and No. 107 in the country with an average prospect rating of 75/100.
Martin’s commitment shows that the Eagles are putting a high focus on adding talent to the passing game early in this cycle as EMU already sports a commitment from two-star pro-style quarterback Isaac Stiebeling. These pair of passers will be throwing to fellow 2016 commits Josh Wilkes, a wide receiver from South Carolina, and Matthew Sexton, an in-state wide receiver from Clinton HS.
At 6’3” and 210 pounds, Martin has a strong arm to go with his agility on the ground. The dangerous passer down well with keeping his eyes down field and leading his receivers open, a quality that is essential in the college game. However, Martin certainly displays the athleticism to break the pocket when necessary and extend plays on the ground to either buy more time or run for a first.
Click here to watch Martin’s junior highlight tape.