With his Texas connections, it only figures that Will Muschamp is going to give the Gators a recruiting presence in the state. The latest Texan to get a Florida offer is 2016 running back Kameron Martin (5-10, 168, Port Arthur, TX Memorial) who has building a relationship with Florida’s running back coach for the past year.
“Florida offered me on Wednesday it was a big offer,” Martin said. “The whole staff actually offered me when they got on the phone. They were all like ‘come be a Gator’ and I said I’m going to see. I’ve been building a relationship with Coach (Brian) White since my sophomore season and we’ve been talking like every week and he tells me that he loves my film and my game.”
Despite growing up in Texas where Longhorn blood runs deep, the 2016 running back grew up watching Florida play back in the day when the Gators were winning national championships.
“I know that Florida has a great tradition and they are fast because they recruit fast kids,” Martin said. “I thank God that they are recruiting me because I’ve always liked Florida since I was young kid when I use to watch Percy Harvin and Tim Tebow play.”
The recruiting process has allowed Martin to develop good relationships with two of Florida’s assistant coaches.
“Coach White and I have a great relationship with each other,” Martin said. “I call him every week and we just talk it up. I just started talking to my area recruiter Coach Derek Lewis.”
It might be tough for Florida to get Martin to leave his home state. It turns out that Martin’s cousin is a pro bowl running back who played college football for the Longhorns.
“My cousin is Jamaal Charles, who is from Texas, too,” Martin said. “A lot of people ask me if I’m going to go to Texas because of him but I don’t think so. I’m going to do what’s best for me and I may end up at Texas or I may end up going somewhere else.”
This summer the Gators will however have a chance to make their pitch to Martin in person as the running back will visit the sunshine state.
“I plan on visiting Florida and Miami this summer,” Martin said.