For months A&M pegged Martin as one of the precious few — as in, no more than two — elite-level offensive tackle prospects in Texas. The Ags also felt Martin was a tremendous personality and character fit for the program; that combination led to the gifted 6-6 (and probably closer to 6-7), 265-pounder becoming one of A&M’s true priority targets since sometime around the very beginning of the 2014 recruiting cycle.
By choosing the Aggies over runners-up Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama and Baylor, Martin’s commit meant that A&M had grabbed arguably the most naturally gifted offensive tackle prospect in the state, not to mention one with plenty of versatility early in his career. Blessed with tremendous length, outstanding athleticism, quick feet and the prototypical tackle’s frame, he has all of the physical tools to be a great one and to possibly carry on the recent tradition established by Luke Joeckel, Jake Matthews and Cedric Ogbuehi.
The son of Manvel head coach and proud Aggie Bob Martin, Koda is an exceptional blocker and finisher. A year or two from now it would surprise no one to see the rangy blocker carrying around 300 pounds on a 6-7 frame … all while maintaining the athleticism and footwork of a tight end or defensive end.
Speaking of which, Martin excelled at Manvel at both positions. He mauled defenders when lining up at tight end and was a pretty dominant, disruptive force on defense as both a junior and senior. In 2012 and 2013 Martin posted combined defensive totals of 143 tackles, 18 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and 7 fumble recoveries. As a senior he earned First Team All-District, All-Greater Houston and All-State honors, totaling 29 QB pressures, 9 sacks and 12 tackles for loss.
Martin was recruited by some schools at tight end and others on defense but the Aggies see him as a future franchise tackle. That said, don’t be surprised to see him contribute early in his career at tight end, where Cam Clear is the Aggies’ only returnee at the position.
Stats2012: 71 tackles, 9 sacks, 4 FR, 3 FF
2013: 72 tackles, 9 sacks, 7 FF, 12 TFL, 29 QB presures, 3 FR
Honors2012: 22-5A First Team All-District (defense); 22-5A Second Team All-District (offense); 5A Second Team All-State (AP); First Team All-Greater Houston (Chron); 5A All-Region III First Team (TXHSFB)
2013: 5A Second Team All-State (AP); First Team All-Greater Houston (Chron); 22-5A First Team All-District; 5A Region III First Team Elite Team (TXHSFB); Second Team All-Texas High School Team (DCTF)