Pitt State’s Martin aims to shine at “Dream Bowl”, earn shot in NFL

Jalen Martin is hoping to hear his name called in the NFL Draft in April.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The football season is over, but Pitt State wide receiver Jalen Martin is ready to get back to work.

“I’m hungry. I’ve been waiting for this moment my whole life,” Martin says, “Knowing that it’s tangible and that it’s right in front of me…it’s just up to me at this point.”

Martin is hoping to hear his name called in the NFL Draft in April.

The Iowa State transfer just finished up his first full season with Pittsburg State, catching 53 passes for 832 yards and 5 touchdowns in 11 games. For his performance this fall, he earned 2nd-team All-MIAA recognition.

He says he has already gotten some feedback on his game from pro scouts.

“They know I can make the 50/50 catches. They know I’m a really good football player,” Martin says, “What they want to see is my 40 time and see how fast I am. So I’ll be prepared to run a good 40.”

Martin says he will participate in a pro day at Pittsburg State ahead of the NFL Draft.

He will also have another chance to show what he can do on the field in January, accepting an invitation to play in the “Dream Bowl” in Virginia.

“It’s tremendous,” he says of the chance to play in the All-Star showcase, “I wasn’t really sure which bowl I would be invited to, but it didn’t matter to me. I love football. Whichever bowl I was invited to, whichever bowl was the best one, that’s where I was going to go. I just want to keep putting a stamp on my career and I’m just grateful to be able to go out there and play. Hopefully my family can come and everybody will know who Jalen Martin is.”

As for what he wants to show in the “Dream Bowl”.

“I want to show my speed, because I know I’m fast for my body size,” Martin says, “I want to continue to show that I can make the 50/50 catches in tight coverage and zone coverage. I just want to show that I’m an all-around player, show that I can get in and out of my breaks and that I can move.”

Martin joined the Gorillas in 2020 after Brian Wright was hired to take over the football program. He had previously spent four seasons with the Iowa State Cyclones in the Big 12.

In his first action in Pittsburg, he played four non-conference games in the fall of 2020. Martin caught 29 passes for 312 yards (10.8 avg) with a pair of touchdowns. He followed that up with above mentioned 832-yard/5-touchdown season this fall to finish his college career.

“I learned a lot at Iowa State, and I’ve learned a lot here,” Martin says of Pittsburg State, “PSU gave me a true opportunity to show what I can do and what I am made of. I’m forever grateful for that, and for them giving me the opportunity to show that.”