0207 Jamil Martin

From left are Marion Martin, Ri’Miya Brewton Middleton, Kevana Middleton, Jamil Martin and Deontra Middleton.

Emerald senior Jamil Martin was at a crossroads after his final high school football season. He was weighing joining the military or playing college football.

“I had prayed about it,” Martin said. “My mom said when you’re in a tough situation and you don’t know what to do, but you’ve got options, just pray about it and let it stay in God’s hands. When it was time for me to sign for the military, it was hurting me. I was like, ‘I don’t want to do this You’re a football player, just be patient, your time is going to come.’ And I just stayed patient and waited till the time came.”

On Wednesday, Martin made that decision official, signing a National Letter of Intent to play football at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas.

Martin is a natural defensive back, but he also played nearly every offensive skill position at Emerald. During his senior season, he featured heavily at running back and wide receiver. He was an All-Lakelands selection and amassed more than 1,000 yards from scrimmage.

Emerald coach Tim McMahon said the versatility he was able to develop will help him at the next level.

“It didn’t take us long to figure out what kind of athlete the kid is,” McMahon said. “He’s good on every side of the ball. He’s actually got enough range and height to be a good cover corner. There’s a lot of ways he could go.”

Martin said he chose the junior college path because he wants the opportunity to play Division I football. He knows it could be a tough path, but said he won’t forget his football upbringing at Emerald.