After three months of being signed to play college football for Florida Atlantic, former Wetumpka athlete JD Martin posted to Twitter saying he will start his collegiate career at East Central Community College in Mississippi. Martin originally announced he was going to play for Lane Kiffin and the Owls on National Signing Day in February, choosing Florida Atlantic over Louisville.
“I’ve been through so much this pass (sic) year!” Martin said in a tweet. “To me missing my senior season of football bc of a partial ACL tear…This all God plan me. Y’all just don’t know the pain I been going through I’m to hungry for this man! Who ever college team I end up on after this year Just know we goin to the top best believe that.”
According to 247 Sports, Martin rose as high as a three-star recruit but fell back to a 2-star athlete after tearing his ACL prior to his senior season. Martin was on the field for just one play during his final year at Wetumpka.
Martin grabbed the attention of college recruiters during his junior season after totaling 3,374 yards of offense and 35 touchdowns as the Wetumpka quarterback. He was named a second-team athlete on the Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 6A all-state team.
Wetumpka coach Tim Perry said Martin’s options at Florida Atlantic are still open and this decision was not made due to the athlete’s knee injury. It is still not clear whether or not Martin plans to return to Florida Atlantic after his year at ECCC.
“This is one of those things that’s a part of the process,” Perry said. “There are thousands of football players that start their college career at a junior college or two-year school. I’m confident he’ll approach this challenge just like he has in the past and continue to have tremendous success.”