Early Enrollee Q&A: Get to know quarterback Xavier Martin
We continue our Signee Q&A with Cibolo (TX) Steele signal caller Xavier Martin. Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury offered Martin before he even took a snap at quarterback two years ago. Martin committed just a few days later and never wavered. Martin would go on to become one of the more electric playmakers in the state at the position, as he has thrown for more than 4,000 yards, rushed for more than 1,300 and has a combined 57 touchdowns (only six interceptions) over the past two seasons.
Get to know more about Xavier Martin below…
THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS:
TELL ME SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT MIGHT SURPRISE PEOPLE.
“I’m not a person who gets out a lot. I don’t really like doing anything at all. I will probably stay inside 95 percent of the time which might surprise people.”
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOTBALL PLAYER OF ALL TIME AND WHO DO YOU MODEL YOUR GAME AFTER?
“Russell Wilson is my favorite, and he is a guy I model my game after, too. I just feel like the way he carries himself and the way he does things is something everybody should look up to.”
YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT FROM YOUR HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL CAREER?
“Making it to state this season. It was crazy.”
DID YOU EVER HAVE AN EMBARRASSING MOMENT PLAYING FOOTBALL?
“Yeah, when I dropped that two-point conversion in the state title game.”
WHEN DID YOU FIRST REALIZE THAT YOU HAD THE POTENTIAL TO BE A FBS FOOTBALL PLAYER?
“Honestly, I didn’t realize it until I started getting a few more offers. When I got my first offer (from Tech), I hadn’t even played quarterback yet, so it didn’t really hit me unto I started to pick up more offers. It was probably towards the end of my junior season.”
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MOST WHEN YOU HEAD TO TEXAS TECH?
“Probably just starting a lot of things over and making new friends and just getting out there more.”
A LOOK AT THE RECRUITING PROCESS:
WHAT'S THE MOST UNIQUE THING A COACH SAID OR DID DURING YOUR RECRUITMENT?
“The coach at Colorado State said that he was going to be worse than my girlfriend and that he would never leave me alone, and he really didn’t leave me alone.”
WHAT WAS IT THAT MADE YOU THINK, "TECH IS THE PLACE FOR ME" ?
“I really just liked their offense, and I have a lot of friends that went up there. When I went up there, I already knew a lot of people and have talked to a lot of recruits, so knowing a lot of people really helped me choose Tech.”
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE MOMENT DURING THE RECRUITING PROCESS?
“My official visit to Tech, for sure. That was a lot of fun.”
WHAT WAS THE WORST PART ABOUT THE PROCESS?
“I don’t really think I had any bad moments, honestly.”
WHAT SCHOOL WOULD YOU HAVE CHOSEN IF YOU HADN'T SIGNED WITH THE RED RAIDERS?
“I probably would have wanted to go to Auburn.”
DO YOU HAVE A NICKNAME?
“No. I don’t.”
WHAT PERSON, DEAD OR ALIVE, WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH?
“Connor McGregor. I just like his confidence in himself. The way he is so confident is crazy.”
WOULD YOU RATHER FIGHT 100 DUCK-SIZED HORSES OR ONE HORSE-SIZED DUCK?
“I would choose the giant duck because I feel like I could get away from it.”
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE?
“Probably The Wolf of Wall Street.”
HAVE YOU DECIDED ON WHAT YOU WANT TO MAJOR IN AT TECH?
“I have not yet, but I’m wanting something in either business or forensics.”
WHAT NUMBER WOULD YOU LIKE TO WEAR AT TECH AND WHY IS THAT NUMBER SIGNIFICANT TO YOU?
“I’m hoping to get to wear number 2, and I honestly just like the number.”
ON THE FIELD:
WHAT POSITION WILL YOU BE PLAYING AT TEXAS TECH?
WHAT IS A PERSONAL STRENGTH THAT YOU WILL BRING TO THE TABLE AT TECH?
“My speed is big, but everybody just thinks I can run the ball, but I feel like throw the ball a lot more than I run and a lot better than I run most of the time.”
WHAT IS ONE THING THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON IN ORDER TO PLAY AT THE NEXT LEVEL?
“Being able to throw into tight spaces and read defenses more.”
DO YOU EXPECT TO REDSHIRT THIS SEASON?
“It depends on what Patrick Mahomes does, I’m not sure.”
WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR LEGACY TO BE WHEN YOU LEAVE TEXAS TECH?
“I want to be known as a good man in general. I don’t have to be known as a good football player, but instead just a great man.”