It has been a dream of Trigg County’s JaQuellus Martin to play football at the Division-I level.
On Feb. 3 in the Trigg County gym, he made that dream, a reality.
The Wildcat athlete signed his National Letter of Intent, officially putting himself in a position to continue his athletic and academic career at Murray State University.
The process was different for Martin. The Trigg County senior originally committed to play at Kentucky Wesleyan, but later had a change of heart and decided to chase his dreams and become a Racer.
“Murray has been recruiting me since sophomore year,” Martin said. “Originally, when I went on a visit to Kentucky Wesleyan, I was ready to go to Kentucky Wesleyan because I just liked the feel. I liked how everything was so close. The reason I switched to Murray State because it was a dream of mine to go D-I. When they came knocking at the door I opened it.”
Martin said it’ll be a dream come true when he steps foot on Murray State’s campus and at Roy Stewart Stadium, ‘but he knows he can’t take this opportunity for granted.
“It means a lot, but I know that I have a lot to work on,” he said. “I can’t settle for anything. I can’t stop now, I have to keep working. All the work that has come before will keep coming.”
Martin’s ideal scenario is obviously playing defensive back, but in his senior year, he proved he could be viable almost anywhere on the field.
He played running back, wide receiver, defensive back and even special teams for the Wildcats this season. He performed at every position and was a big piece for Trigg County.
He said he knows he will likely play special teams for the Racers at the start of his career, but he is ready to do whatever it takes to help his team win.
“I’ll probably start in special teams and I don’t mind that,” Martin said. “I like playing my role as long as we get the win and as long as it makes us a better team. After that, it’ll hopefully be corner, but I can switch to safety. I can be the lockdown corner at Murray State.”
In the meantime, Martin has a track season to prepare for and a full offseason prior to stepping onto campus. He said he is ready to get to work and prepare for his collegiate career.
“Just getting bigger, faster and stronger,” he said. “Getting my mobility right and working on my agility and stuff like that.”