Former Austin and Auburn running back Asa Martin is transferring to Miami


The Hurricanes announced that former Auburn running back Asa Martin will join the program in January.

Martin, who spent this past weekend in Coral Gables on an official visit with his mother, appeared in five games this past season for the Tigers which means that will have three years to play three at UM after he sits out the upcoming season and uses a redshirt.

The former four-star recruit was named Alabama’s Mr. Football two years ago after running for 2,228 yards and 33 touchdowns on 198 carries at Austin High in Decatur.

247Sports was very high on Martin as a recruit.

“Martin is a slippery ball carrier that shows impressive cutback ability and foot quickness while navigating through traffic en route to the end zone,” the scouting report said. “He’s an instinctive runner that’s patient to wait for his blocks to set up, but can continue to work on his acceleration to break off some of those game-changing plays. Martin isn’t the biggest running back across the map, but plays bigger than his size and has no problem putting his shoulder down. This is a crafty runner that can do a lot of things on the football field, but he’s a high-character young man as well.”

Alabama, Clemson, Florida and Texas had also all offered Martin coming out of high school in addition to Auburn.

Miami was searching for a running back after Jacksonville Trinity Christian’s Marcus Crowley flipped to Ohio State a few weeks ago. Thomas Brown offered a number of different high schoolers around the country, but made a move quickly on Martin once word go out that the talented back was back on the market.

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