Legendary Tennessee QB and coach, Tee Martin, left behind big shoes to fill after leading the Vols to win the 1998 National Championship and beating out Tom Brady in the NFL draft. His son Kaden Martin, has been stepping up to the plate proving that he can not only fill those shoes, but possibly achieve more. Kaden is crushing records as a Quarterback while making waves in the baseball world as a lefty pitcher and outfielder — and scouts have noticed. Right now, the star athlete of the Knoxville Catholic class of 2022 has several D1 offers for both sports. USC, Alabama, FAU, Duke, and Kentucky have all shown interest in his arm and running ability as a quarterback. But the offers don’t stop there: Missouri, Coastal Carolina, Troy, and Western Kentucky have also been recruiting him to play baseball. Kaden’s athletic prowess is not the only thing that sets him apart in the eyes of scouts, though. He’s smart on and off the field, and has a 3.4 GPA to show for it.
Athletes with Kaden’s dual-sport versatility don’t come around often, but when they do, it’s hard not to reminisce about all-time greats such as Bo Jackson and Deon Sanders. It takes a special kind of player to not only excel in multiple sports, but to reach the milestones that Kaden has surpassed. When this 5’11’’, 205 pounder, with a play style similar to Mookie Betts steps up to the plate, the outfielders start to pay more attention. As a rising sophomore, Kaden has already hit for the cycle on the diamond following a game where he notched more than 150 yards both in the air and on the ground. Any football or baseball fan knows how hard these accomplishments are to do alone, but to be able to do both takes an incredibly adaptable player. Kaden’s dream is to “make it to league in both sports”, and although it’s an ambitious task, his skillset and work ethic have put him on the right track to do so.
When Kaden is away from the field, he uses his sports IQ against his friends in Madden and MLB: The Show. He’s a big fan of the show Stranger Things and his favorite rapper is J.Cole. Like many athletes, Kaden is superstitious; he wears USA socks during every baseball game, and for football games he writes the names of his late cousin and uncle on his wrist after taping up. Kaden has been greatly influenced by his dad, who he says is his “greatest mentor and favorite athlete.” From a young age, his dad taught him “the value of hard work and to respect the game.” Clearly, Tee Martin has coached him well. Even if there are obstacles on his path to success, Kaden knows that “failure is only feedback” and is equipped to overcome any bumps in the road that he encounters.
With Kaden’s athleticism, intelligence, and work ethic, sports fans can expect big things from this young man. Kaden posts his highlights on the Press Sports App because “it’s a nice platform for athletes to share their sports clips and get exposure.” To keep up with his progress and see some crazy highlights, follow him on Press Sports @Kaden.7K.
Article by Press Sports intern Adam Davault