QB Khristian Martin announces commitment to Maryland

Highland Springs (VA) three-star quarterback Khristian Martin has announced his commitment to Maryland over Virginia, giving head coach Mike Locksley and the Terps their quarterback in the 2024 cycle.

Martin, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound quarterback, also had Texas A&M and Virginia Tech in the mix but the Terps steadily became a bigger contender as his recruitment materialized heading in the spring. Maryland running backs coach Latrell Scott paved the way for the Virginia three-star dual-threat quarterback while offensive coordinator Josh Gattis chipped in.

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Wide receiver coach Gunter Brewer and former assistant Dan Enos kicked off the Terps’ pursuit last summer while Maryland made the trip to watch Martin in action in the midst of his undefeated state title run as a junior. The interest and contact continued into the spring and Martin made his way to Maryland for an unofficial visit for Maryland’s first spring practice. Martin was back in College Park the first weekend of June for Maryland’s 7-on-7 where he was able to connect with Scott, Gattis and head coach Mike Locksley before returning to Maryland for his official visit the weekend of June 23.

Martin then returned to Maryland for an unofficial visit on Saturday, one day prior to announcing his commitment, as the Terps’ offense and production gradually lifted Maryland over Virginia.

“They pulled up some of my film then they pulled up film of plays, plays that my school uses and pointed out the similarities and the footwork and the things like that,” Martin told IBG following his official visit. “And not only that, but the development plan as the player I am now if I were to come there today. He showed us the exact things they do in practice that translate to developing as a player. Just the development piece, knowing that my development would be prioritized.”

As a junior, Martin threw for nearly 2,400 yards and 30 touchdowns with just one interception while completing over 60% of his passes. Martin was also able to show off his dual-threat ability, rushing for 773 yards and 13 touchdowns on 95 carries en route to a state title. Martin went on to be named co-All Metro Player of the Year, while the rising junior also carries a 4.0 GPA heading into his senior season.

Martin becomes the 17th commitment in Maryland’s class and fifth this month, joining four-star safety Brandon Jacob, four-star running back DeJuan Williams, three-star tackle Ryan Howerton and three-star cornerback Lloyd Irvin. Martin also becomes the second target out of Virginia in Maryland’s class, joining three-star edge rusher Anthony Reddick.

Martin is rated a three-star prospect and an 84 overall by On3, sitting as the 38th-best prospect in Virginia and the 101st-best quarterback in the 2024 class.

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