MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Kerion Martin is making sure that both of the mountain state’s Division 1 football programs will be represented by a Capital High School product. The rising senior announced on Friday that he has accepted a scholarship offer from Marshall University.
“I really liked the environment when I went down there for spring practice,” Martin said. “Then I came back before camp and Coach (Doc) Holliday said he really liked what he saw out of me. I went on two more visits and I really liked the campus and it just seemed like the right fit.”
Kerion is the younger brother of WVU true freshman safety Kerry Martin. Kerion said Kerry’s recruitment provided him with a solid blueprint of what to expect.
“I watched his entire recruiting process so it kind of made my mine really easy. I already knew what to expect. That was a big positive.”
Martin also held scholarship offers from the Air Force Academy, Miami of Ohio, Indiana State and Western Kentucky.
“The recruiting process is probably one of the best processes you will ever be a part of at this age. You get to know coaches from different schools in a short time span because you can’t go visit them every week. You have to weight your options.”
Martin is a receiver and safety for the Capital Cougars and he will play safety or outside linebacker at Marshall.
“I could get a little bigger, a little faster and better movement laterally. That will definitely help me out in the college game.”
Martin caught 15 passes last season, five of those were for touchdowns and he earned honorable mention Class AAA All-State honors.
Capital has advanced to the Class AAA state semifinals in each of the past six seasons. Despite some graduation losses, notably Kerion’s brother and starting quarterback Kerry, the Cougars should contend for a spot in the Super Six once again.
“This will be a pretty nice season for us. We return a lot of guys on defense. Of course we are going to miss Kerry, Breece Hoff and Kalai Clark. But we return a lot of guys so it isn’t like we are losing a lot like everyone thinks that we are.”