It was a little bit more detailed than Michael Jordan’s “I’m back,” but the return of Jah-Maine Martin was just as significant to North Carolina A&T.
Martin, the HBCU Gameday/Protect Your Skull Player of the Year (FCS) in 2019, announced he will be returning back to A&T. Oh, and apparently, he’s mad.
The South Carolina native made his announcement via Twitter Monday morning.
“I came here 3 years ago and it’s been nothing but love. When I was down bad and at my lowest, North Carolina A&T gave me my only second chance and I can’t express how grateful I really am.”
“After talking with my family, friends and coaches, I have made my decision. With that being said, I will be returning for the spring season…And yeah, I’m angry.”
That’s big news for A&T and bad news for the rest of the MEAC. Martin ran like a man possessed in 2019, rushing for 1,246 yards and 20 touchdowns with an average of better than eight yards per carry. He received numerous accolades and All-American awards as he helped A&T to its third-straight Celebration Bowl win.
Jah-Maine Martin started his career at Coastal Carolina before a gun charge led to the second chance that he spoke of. Since then he’s made the most of his opportunities and apparently, he’s not done yet.
Martin committed to playing the spring season, which A&T will participate in as a member of the MEAC. He didn’t make an announcement on the fall.
The NCAA has given an extra season of eligibility to Division I student-athletes. Alabama A&M’s Aqueel Glass has declared he will use both seasons of eligibility, but Martin has committed to the spring based on his statement. Either way, it’s a big plus for A&T, which lost All-American defensive back Mac McCain to the NFL Draft last week.