St. Amant’s Martin inks with ULL

Peter Silas Pasqua
St. Amant’s Marvin Martin, center, signs a national letter of intent to play football at ULL Wednesday afternoon at the?Gold Dome. Also pictured are from left, bottom; dad Marvin Martin Sr. and mom Brenda Martin. Top; aunt Brenda Payton, uncle Johnny Martin, grandmother Alice Payton and aunt Lois Whitmore.

ST. AMANT – St. Amant lineman Marvin Martin’s strength and versatility are the main reasons he will get an opportunity on the next level after signing a letter of intent to play football at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Wednesday afternoon in the Gold Dome in front of family and teammates on National Signing Day.

But Martin knows it goes beyond that.

“I want to thank my teammates, coaches and the community for believing in me because without you, I wouldn’t have made it this far,” Martin said.

Martin committed to ULL a few weeks ago after a season that saw him play on both the offensive and defensive lines virtually never leaving the game. He helped the team rush for a school-record 2,773 yards and 42 touchdowns, while being the team’s leading tackler on defense registering 44 tackles, 36 assists and four sacks earning first-team All-District 6-5A honors as a senior on offense.

“When I went on my official visit, I just liked the overall campus,” Martin said. “They have nice facilities and they just renovated the football field. I want to be a coach and they have a great education program. When I met the players, I felt like I fit in as a part of the team.”

As a junior, Martin registered 50 tackles including three for losses and two sacks to earn second-team all-district honors on defense.

“I think going both ways really got me exposure and opened college scouts’ eyes,” Martin said. “You rarely see a lineman play both ways at this level. It was a real opportunity. I told them that I would like to play on the offensive line because I fell like I am better on that side of the ball. I am real excited and will try to make an early impact but will wait for my time.”

Martin was integral in St. Amant’s turnaround from a winless campaign two years ago to a 5-0 start last season.

“I think he did what we all kind of stand for,” St. Amant head coach David Oliver said. “He was willing to be unselfish in order to help that football team and in the long run sometimes nice guys end up finishing first,”  I think he has shown that he is a very keen and versatile guy that can contribute at the next level on both sides of the ball. He is the strongest high school kid that I have ever been around and he is the strongest guy that has ever gone through our program since we started charting it. I know they are getting a fine young man and a good quality football player. He has the skills to compete at the next level.”

Martin said his father Marvin Martin Sr. has had a big influence on him and he looked up to Warren Sapp growing up.

“My dad was a great inspiration to me,” Martin said. “He got me involved in sports at a young age and I fell in love with it ever since. I don’t know that many offensive lineman, yet, but I know I will find one to look up to.”