Kaden Martin is looking to make the most of his time this off-season. It’s been a busy one already on the road traveling the country to play baseball. The 4-star recruit was a part of a weird season of high school football dealing with COVID and impacting his opportunity to showcase his skills in camps.
2020 has brought many different obstacles for high school athletes all over the country. Not having a typical senior season makes it tough on college decisions. Martin has a plan for official visits as soon as the NCAA dead period ends.
I had the opportunity to sit down with Martin after an all-star baseball game he participated in recently. He participated had the opportunity to play in his father’s hometown of Mobile.
Martin will be the first to tell you, “if the money is right” then there’s a good chance he could be playing Major League Baseball after his senior season. With the way things are going when it comes to this pandemic, who knows what the next year will hold. With so many questions looming, It makes Martin’s recruitment more interesting.
Martin is exploring both options of playing baseball and football when choosing a college. Kaden’s father, Tee Martin, played and coaches at Tennessee, but that will not be a deciding factor when picking a university. Kaden is only focused on schools that will help him achieve his goals.
The University of Miami is constantly pitching Martin on how he could be a great two-sport athlete and what he could do for their brand. Martin says Miami has always been one of his dream schools.
Some schools assume Martin is a lock for Tennessee because Tee coaches here, but that isn’t the case. As Martin put it, “It doesn’t matter at all where my dad’s coaching.”
When it comes to Tennessee, you can tell Tony Vitello is putting on the press for Martin. I asked Martin if Tennessee was on the phone with him every day and if he heard more from the baseball staff than football.
“Mostly baseball, I still talk to the football coaches, I go up there because of my dad’s job, and they might say ‘hey man,’ you know it’s mostly Coach Tony talking to me and stuff.”
The Tennessee football staff has put in a good amount of their chips into Ty Simpson, but it’s hard to understand why they wouldn’t attack Martin more. This is definitely not one of those situations because he might be around the program a lot, which will potentially translate into him attending Tennessee. If the Vols want him, they’re going to have to work for it, just like Vitello is doing.
I spoke with a few industry folks about the strides Martin will be able to make this off-season. They all agreed that he is just getting started with his potential and growth. He might be the son of a national championship-winning quarterback, but Martin is still relatively young to the sport of football. He’s only going to get better and that’s why you see even more schools paying attention to his potential.
Martin will tell you his flaws and where he needs to get better, so it’s not hard to imagine where this young man will be with a full nine months to prepare for next season.
He’s just scratching the surface of his athletic ability.