College Signing

Isaac Martin signs football scholarship with Coastal Carolina

February 7, 2014 

Isaac Martin signs with Coastal Carolina with (seated) Cleveland assistant coach Kenny Jones, at left, his great cousin, Clarence Ennis, at right, (standing from left) Cleveland head coach Marc Morris, assistant coach Travis Gaster, principal Anne Meredith, athletic director Jamie Lee, assistant coaches Joe Capps, Ken Shoemaker and Wayne Stewart.

D. CLAY BEST — newsobserver.com

High School: Cleveland

Height, Weight: 5-foot-9, 190 pounds

Position: Running Back

Why Coastal? “The campus and student life is just ideal. I feel like I can do big things there on the football field and academically.”

Major: Exercise Science/Physical Therapy

Also Considered: Air Force, Navy

Notable: Isaac has been one of the key parts of Cleveland’s quick build into an area football power. He’s been the Rams’ starting running back since his sophomore year and rushed for 5,451 yards on 777 carries for his career with 81 touchdowns scored. He averaged seven yards a carry. … Coastal was one of the first schools to come after Isaac hard and he committed to the school back in September. He is the only running back Coastal signed this season. “That was a big factor for me,” Isaac said. “They had one open spot at running back next season and offered it to me.”… One of his most memorable games was the Rams’ win over Garner last season. He ran for more than 260 yards and scored three TDs in the wild win. … He wants to become more flexible so he can get faster on open field runs. “I feel like I’m pretty good in tight spaces and making moves in the hole, but I need to show more breakaway speed.”

Cleveland coach Marc Morris: “Isaac has been one of the cornerstone players in our program ever since he walked onto campus. He’s a great example of what we want guys to be like in our football program – on the field and in the classroom.”

Compiled by D. Clay Best

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