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Former Baylor signee Kameron Martin a ‘good match’ for Auburn

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn signs autographs at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama on Monday, July 11, 2016.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn signs autographs at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama on Monday, July 11, 2016. mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn didn’t see his team adding a running back transfer when he announced the departure of Roc Thomas from the program in early June.

A unique situation changed Malzahn’s mind when former Baylor signee Kameron Martin was released from his national letter of intent in June following the departure of coach Art Briles.

The 4-star running back out of Memorial High in Texas picked Auburn over TCU after official visits to both schools in June.

Malzahn recruited the long-time Baylor commit as part of the 2016 recruiting cycle and the previous relationship was the driving force in his decision to pursue the speedy back for the fall.

“When an opportunity presents itself of a guy you have already recruited before and have a relationship with and fit like he fit in our offense,” Malzahn said during a meeting with reporters at the Wynfrey Hotel for SEC Media Days. “I thought it was a good match.”

Auburn’s depth at the position has taken a hit with the recent departures of Thomas and Peyton Barber (NFL Draft), but the coaching staff gave fullbacks Chandler Cox and Kamryn Pettway reps at the position this spring.

Both sophomores made the most of the auditions and were expected to have multiple roles in Auburn’s backfield this fall. Malzahn couldn’t pass up an opportunity to add a versatile player that runs a sub 4.4 40-yard dash.

“We have had success with true freshman on the field playing the running back position,” Malzahn said. “It’s a natural instinct position and Kameron is a smart young man. I think he will help us this year.”

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