Lane Kiffin is getting the jump on the competition. Oh, sure, he may not still be the coach at Florida Atlantic when his latest recruit arrives, but that isn’t stopping him.
Kiffin offered a scholarship to Kaden Martin, the 13-year-old son of Tee Martin, the USC offensive coordinator. Kaden’s dad confirmed the Fox Sports report to ESPN, saying that Kiffin had extended an oral offer, the first the seventh grader has gotten. Oral offers and commitments are not, of course, binding, so keep that in mind.
“I’m just extremely proud and appreciative for the opportunity for Kaden,” Tee Martin, who is from Mobile, Ala., told AL.com on Monday. “He and Coach Kiffin have always had a great relationship. I’m thankful.”
Kiffin and Tee Martin can trace their relationship to USC, where Kiffin hired him as his wide receivers coach in his last season as the school’s head coach. Kiffin was memorably fired in September 2013, back when Kaden was a mere tot.
In addition to playing quarterback at Adams Middle School in Redondo Beach, Calif., Kaden Martin is a left-handed pitcher with a fastball that has been clocked in the 80s and plans to continue playing football, baseball and basketball. Martin, who is 5 feet 11 and weighs 175 pounds, and his Little League team advanced to the California state finals last year. His father led Tennessee to the 1998 BCS national title and played quarterback in the NFL.
Martin’s older son, wide receiver Amari Rodgers, decommitted from USC and will play at Clemson.