Martin competes at the Elite 11
A few hundred prospects competed at The Opening regional in Houston over the weekend, including Cibolo (Texas) Steele quarterback and longtime Texas Tech commit Xavier Martin.
Labeled as an athlete, Martin not only proved his athleticism, but also proved he belonged among the other Big 12 quarterback prospects in attendance.
"I thought the Elite 11 competition was great," Martin said. "I feel like I did really good and felt that I showed I can compete with the best in the state even though people have me labeled as an athlete. I'm strictly a quarterback."
The day started with combine testing and Martin ran a laser-timed 4.43 second 40-yard dash, finishing in the Top 4 times out of hundreds at the camp and qualifying for the fastest man competition.
"It was cool finishing in the top group of guys and being able to represent the quarterbacks," Martin said. "I was the first quarterback ever to participate in that event and that's a great feeling. I also finished with a Sparq score of 120.39 and that was the fourth highest combine score on the day."
Over the past few weeks, Martin has competed in both The Opening regional and the Rivals QB Challenge. The 6-foot, 175-pound prospect finished in the Top 5 among quarterback prospects this past weekend and earned the Mobile Marksman award at the QB Challenge a few weeks ago.
Combine his accuracy, arm strength, ability to throw on the run, elite speed, and the Texas Tech coaches might have identified another under the radar prospect at the quarterback position.
"Coach (Eric) Morris and Coach (Kliff) Kingsbury both talk with me at least 2-3 times a week," Martin said. "Things are going really good with Texas Tech and the coaches. They want me to graduate early and get into the system this spring. I'm working on it now, but I just love how much faith they have in me."
Rated a 5.5 three-star prospect, Martin is the No. 94 prospect on the Rivals.com Texas Postseason Top 100 for the 2017 class. He finished with 2,110 yards and 21 touchdowns passing along with 698 yards and eight (8) touchdowns rushing - earning District 25-6A All-District First Team Offense honors this past season.