Martrell Spaight was an in-state recruit from North Little Rock that started his football career at Coffeyville Community College before transferring to Arkansas. Spaight was a 3 star recruit who initially committed to Southern Arkansas with his brother Mark, but Martrell instead enrolled at Coffeyville where he made a huge impact immediately.
Initially committed to Kansas State in 2012, he flipped to Arkansas shortly after Bret Bielema stabilized the Hogs' coaching situation and signed with the Razorbacks a couple of weeks after Bielema took the job. His junior year was quiet but he made an enormous impact as a senior.
Career at Arkansas & Coffeyville
JUCO Transfer: Coffeyville Community College, 2 time JUCO All-American. As a sophomore, he recorded 130 tackles, 13.5 for loss with 1.5 sacks, three pass breakups.
Arkansas Junior Season 2013: Played in 9 games, where he recorded 22 tackles, and 1 sack.
Senior Season 2014: Started all 13 games, recorded 128 tackles, 10.5 TFL and 2 forced fumbles. AP ALL-SEC First Team, SEC Co Defensive Player of the Week (LSU), SEC leader in tackles 2015, 2015 Senior Bowl.
Maintained impressive speed while adding bulk at Arkansas. Hard hitting, aggressive downhill linebacker with ability to cover in space. Developed more patience in pursuit and thrived in an attacking system under defensive coordinator Robb Smith.
Solid tackler who has learned to not always go for the big hit. Learned to read plays and be in position to tackle.
A key part of the "Bermuda Triangle" on the Arkansas defense (star trio along with Trey Flowers and Darius Philon). Spaight thrived behind a solid defensive line and a more aggressive defensive coordinator in 2014.
Totaled 10 or more tackles in 8 games in the 2014 season. Possibly the two best games of his career were in the shut out victories over LSU and Ole Miss. In that two game stretch Spaight accounted for 21 tackles with 12 of those solo.
Projected Draft Position: 5th round or later.