There’s been yet another personnel change at a Power Five school a couple of weeks before summer camp kicks off.
In an update released earlier this week, Brandon Martin is no longer listed on Arkansas’ roster. Citing sources close to the program, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette writes that the wide receiver “has run into an academic issue and is trying to regain his eligibility.”
Per a school spokesperson, however, the door has been left open for Martin, who would be a redshirt junior this season, to eventually return to the Razorbacks football team. Martin’s head coach, though, doesn’t seem as optimistic.
“Don’t know if he will become part of our roster again,” Chad Morris said at the SEC Media Days Tuesday. “I don’t know at this point. ..
“I do not see that happening right now,” the head coach added when asked if he could see the receiver rejoining the team this year.
Martin came to Arkansas from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, rated as the No. 1 junior college receiver in the Class of 2017 and the No. 7 player overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite rankings.
In his first year in Fayetteville, Martin caught nine passes for 119 yards. Both of those totals were eighth on the Razorbacks, while his 13.2 yards per reception was sixth on the team.
Things got heated at Arkansas in the lead up to their next game and we’re not just talking about head coach Bret Bielema’s hot seat among the Razorbacks fan base either.
It appears that starting tailback Devwah Whaley was involved in what is being called a “minor disagreement” with a teammate this week at practice. While scuffles in the middle of an intense play are nothing new in football, there were a lot rumors that the running back was actually injured in the brouhaha and wouldn’t be able to take the field at AT&T Stadium on Saturday against Texas A&M.
“He’s ready to play,” the coach said on his radio show, according to Hawgs Illustrated. “How many times are 21-year-olds in a disagreement? Devwah is excited to play in the game in his home state.”
Whaley himself confirmed that he wasn’t injured and would be playing against the Aggies on Twitter:
While one side of this “disagreement” is all set to play at JerryWorld against Texas A&M, the other side is not. That’s because wide receiver Brandon Martin, who was also reportedly involved, is staying home in what Bielema labeled a previously determined decision due to his lingering hamstring injury. Either way, Razorbacks fans are probably hoping for a lot of the same fight they’ve seen this week from the team to carry over to their game on Saturday.
Well that certainly didn’t take long.
On July 1, Brandon Martin, the top-rated junior college wide receiver in the Class of 2017, took to Twitter to announce that he had officially committed to Auburn. Exactly five days later, the same player took to the same social media site to say, essentially, never mind.
Just hours before announcing his decommitment, Martin, when asked by al.com why he had committed to the Tigers in the first place, offered up the following.
“I felt like I was at home and they do everything as a team and as a family.”
In addition to AU, Martin holds offers from, among others, Arizona State, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa State, Louisville and Mississippi State.
The 6-4, 205-pound Martin signed with LSU coming out of high school in Texas in 2015, but failed to qualify academically. He spent the 2015 season at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
Wherever Martin ultimately lands, he’s expected to enroll at AU in January, and would then have three seasons of eligibility remaining, plus a redshirt year.