Picture this: You’re Kliff Kingsbury. You’ve groomed a couple of record-setting, Heisman-winning quarterbacks and you’ve got the recipe to consistently put together top ten offenses year in and year out and you’ve done so at a couple of different schools.
Now imagine having to accomplish the same feats, only this year you don’t have your first round draft pick quarterback and you have lost your leading receiving to transfer. Oh, and the popular consensus is that your seat is one of the hottest in college football. So whats a coach to do? You do the off-season shuffle.
It was officially revealed this week that freshman quarterback Xavier Martin will make the move to receiver for the upcoming football season. Xavier Martin was originally recruited as a quarterback out of Cibolo Steele High School in the San Antonio, TX area and would have most likely red-shirted this year at the quarterback position.
#TexasTech confirms that Xavier Martin (Fr-HS, Cibolo Steele) is moving from QB to WR. He was a likely RS at QB, being 4th after spring.
— Don Williams (@AJ_DonWilliams) June 6, 2017
It’s an interesting move for sure. Martin was originally recruited to play QB at Texas Tech and after watching his highlight reel its easy to see why. He appears to be the second coming of Patrick Mahomes, only a bit smaller and a bit faster. Watching him play, he looks to have shades of former TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin and current OU backup quarterback, Kyler Murray.
The dude can straight up play. He is a gifted athlete with a natural ability with the ball in his hands. He brings elite mobility and agility, coupled with the flat speed to burn defenders when needed (clocks in a 4.43 40).
Kliff making the decision to move Martin to receiver says a couple of things to me:
1.) I guess that means they know that Jett Duffey will for sure be returning to campus after a messy suspension scenario in the off-season, which will make for a solid #2 quarterback behind Nic Shimonek.
2.) Texas Tech is deep at the receiver position, but not SO deep that they can afford to lose the production from Jonathan Giles and Tony Brown, two receivers who elected to transfer this off-season. Moving a talent like Xavier Martin receiver should mitigate that loss.
3.) Kingsbury is throwing the kitchen sink into this season. If you’re a play maker, and Martin seems to be, you’re going to get the ball into your hands.
For what its worth, Xavier is in pretty good company here. The last guy to convert from quarterback to receiver at Texas Tech won the Biletnikoff Award in back to back to years and caught arguably Texas Tech’s most memorable touchdown against Texas. You may call him Mr. Crabtree.