Lamar Adds Lake Charles Receiver
Martell Hawthorne adds his name to the Cards' 2014 signing class

BEAUMONT, Texas – Lagrange High School standout Martell Hawthorne has signed a national letter of intent to continue his education and play football at Lamar announced head coach Ray Woodard Monday afternoon. Hawthorne becomes Lamar's 18th signing, joining a class of 10 high school standouts and seven transfers who signed with the Cardinals in February.

"This is a heck of a signing for us this late in the season," said Woodard. "Martell brings a lot of size and speed to our receivers. We have a really good group of receivers returning, and we talked about if we were going to sign another one we wanted someone with good size – a big target. He is going to be a great asset for us. This is a great way to put the finishing touches on a very talented signing class."

No stranger to hard work, Hawthorne hit the weight room early in his high school career and battled his way into the starting lineup during his sophomore season and never looked back. His hard work and dedication paid off in the form of team and individual honors as a senior. Hawthorne guided the Gators to a district title, and received first-team all district honors this past season.

"Martell is a young man who has been in our program for four years," said Lagrange High School head coach Jules Sullen. "The difference in his growth as a player has been night and day. His nickname was ‘Bean' because he was so small and skinny when he started with us, but he understood the value of hard work. He put in the time and effort in the weight room and became a starter as a sophomore.

"He will be a great asset to Lamar," said Sullen. "He is a 6-4 guy who weighs 200 pounds and runs like a deer, but one of his greatest assets his he understands how academics plays an important role in his athletics career."

A Rivals two-star athlete, Hawthorne hauled in 32 catches for 683 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior. He also received recruiting attention from Tulane, South Alabama, Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe.