Recruiting: De La Salle running back P.J. Martin commits to South Alabama

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De La Salle’s P.J. Martin has been one of the better running backs in the metro New Orleans area that somehow few college recruiters seemed to know about.

After the 5-foot-10, 205-pound Martin ran for a single-season school record of 2,248 yards (10-yard per carry average) with 35 touchdowns, more people began to take notice.

Today he became the 12th pledge in the South Alabama Jaguars for the 2023 class. I think that head coach Kane Wommack and the Jaguars’ staff feel like they’ve snagged a relative sleeper who could become a future feature back.

With 4.46 speed, terrific balance, tackle-breaking ability and great vision to spot an opening on the backside, Martin has all of the ingredients to be a special runner on the college level.

Having played as a prep freshman, he backed up current Florida running back Montrell Johnson. Martin broke his ankle in the fourth game of the 2021 campaign and was unable to return, but was never deterred and enjoyed a monster senior campaigh.

Martin also set the school’s all time career rushing mark. If you consider some of the talented backs who have come through the program like Sammy Martin, the aforementioned Johnson, Anthony Thomas and others, it is quite a feat.

Offers came from Purdue, Nicholls State, Mississippi Valley, Western Illinois and Southern University prior to a late South Alabama offer arriving January 17.

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Rene Nadeau


Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even…

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