By DR. DAVID DAVIS
Manvel senior quarterback Kason Martin is the field-general for one of the top Class 5A teams in the state. As his final season in high school approaches, Martin made the decision that will influence his educational and athletic future when he selected North Texas in Denton, Texas on the collegiate level.
The signal-caller had an offer from Texas A&M-Commerce, but felt North Texas was a better fit for him.
“Since day one my parents and siblings have helped me pursue my dreams,” Martin said. “My momma took care of me, my dad coached me, and C.J., Koda, and my twin toughed me up and helped me focus on what is right in life.”
“Through my recruiting process, no other school has had coaches more genuine, God-fearing, and dedicated as UNT. I am committed to the University of North Texas.”
Martin’s dad and head coach Kirk Martin gladly supports the choice made by the younger Martin.
“Kason grew up idolizing former Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell,” said coach Martin. “He loved Texas Tech and the Mike Leach Air Raid offense. It’s what we run in offense at Manvel. Tech didn’t offer so North Texas was the best fit. Almost all the staff there played or coached with Leach at Tech.”
“The head coach is Seth Littrell. He coached for Leach. He is building a Godly staff that loves kids. Kason said he really loves the family atmosphere they have created. Graham Harrell is his offensive coordinator and QB coach.”
Last season, Kason Martin was selected as the District 23-5A “Newcomer of the Year” as a junior. He hit 224-of-359 passing for 3,443 yards, 46 TDs with only 13 INTs.
The Mavericks will have another strong receiving corps Jalen Preston and Kam Scott among others to light up opposing defenses.
Martin’s play will be a big key for Manvel as they look to win a state championship after coming up short in the regional finals to Temple last season.
“Kason is a great leader on and off the field,” coach Martin added. “He’s an A student and leads FCA, leads bible study Sunday nights at our house for our church. He plays the drums in the band at New Hope Church. He’s a great kid and has grown into an awesome young man. His teammates follow him because they know he puts them ahead of himself. All he wants is to serve them.”
Martin also became the second Maverick to commit in recent days as Manvel linebacker Brian Johnson announced his commitment to play at Texas A&M.