The staff for the Texas Longhorns is still hard at work on the recruiting trail, having extended an offer to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M cornerback Justin Martin this week, according to multiple sources.
A prospect who will have four years to play three after he graduates in May, Martin is a 6'2, 180-pounder who was listed as a wide receiver when he signed with NEO and a running back when he left Overton High School in Nashville, Tenn. as a member of the 2014 recruiting class.
Ranked as a consensus three-star prospect, Martin is considered a four-star prospect by 247Sports, which has him as the No. 6 junior college player nationally, the No. 1 cornerback in junior college, and the No. 1 junior college player in Oklahoma.
Having come from SEC country, it's no surprise that Martin has been receiving heavy interest from schools in that conference. In fact, Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, and Tennessee are listed as the "warm" schools on his 247Sports profile. He also holds offers from Louisville, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Nebraska, and South Florida.
Given his background as a Tennessee native, it's probably going to be hard to pull him away from the Vols, the school that currently leads in the 247Sports Crystal Ball at 81%.
The Horns are in the market for some instant-impact defensive backs in the 2015 class because senior cornerback Quandre Diggs and senior defensive back Mykkele Thompson will both be gone after the season and Texas hasn't recruited especially well at the position in state the last several years.
In the current cycle, Texas is still in the mix for guys like Holton Hill and Kris Boyd, but has missed on Roney Elam and PJ Mbanasor and will almost certainly miss on Kendall Sheffield. All three of the defensive back commits in the current class project as safeties, though Jamille Johnson and Keivon Ramsey both have some versatility to their respective games.
Martin is considered a little bit of a raw prospect in that his speed, recovery speed, and length are all basically elite attributes, but his instincts, tackling, and ball skills all leave something to be desired. Unlike most junior college prospects, however, he'll have some extra time in college to hone those weak elements of his game, as he'll have a redshirt season available and at the least will have three seasons to develop at the school of his choice.
For that school to be Texas, head coach Charlie Strong, defensive coordinator Vance Bedford, and defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn will have to do some serious work in the coming weeks and and months.