Razorbacks Football: 2017 Signees That Play In Year One

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Brandon Martin is a big guy standing at 6-4 and weighing 205 lbs. He is also really fast and I don’t mean fast for his size, but I mean 4.4 in the 40-yard dash. That’s a really big guy going down the field really fast and that is exactly what Arkansas needs.

I had a discussion with Ty (AKA Tyzilla83) about what we expected from Martin coming into this season. My first reaction after looking at just his stats was that I was doubtful he would live up to the hype. In fact, my first comment was “I hope he isn’t another Dominique Reed.”

Ty immediately told me to go a rewatch his highlights and that’s just what I did. I watched and was starting to see where Brandon excelled in the ways that Reed struggled. Most notably in his route ability.

I won’t sit here and talk about the downfall of one player to build up another but what I will say is after looking at the film and really studying it, I truly believe that Brandon Martin is the real McCoy. His ability to create space and find the ball on a well-run route is so natural to him that it looks like he could do it half asleep.

I guess there is a reason that 247sports.com had him listed as the number 2 JuCo wide receiver and the number 3 recruit in the state of Texas. His four-stars are solid and I really see him doing big things here at Arkansas.

Kind of like a few of the other members of the 2017 class, it makes me feel even better seeing the teams that tried to get him on campus. LSU, Mississippi State, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Louisville, Kentucky, West Virginia, South Carolina and lastly Alabama all wanted the big speedster.

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Brandon Martin is easily my number one pick for the 2017 class’s offensive immediate impact player. Not only would it not shock me to see him in the rotation from the very first game of the ’17 season but I wouldn’t be shocked in the least if he was a starter.