Jartavius Martin pens heartfelt farewell to Illinois following 2022 season
Jartavius Martin is moving on after wrapping up his career at Illinois in 2022.
Best known as “Quan” within the Illini, Martin joined the program as a member of the 2018 recruiting class. Like many of the Illinois defensive backs, Martin really developed and improved over the past two seasons under head coach Bret Bielema and DC Ryan Walters.
On Tuesday, Martin confirmed his departure to the 2023 NFL Draft while recognizing those involved in his journey:
THANK YOU ILLINI NATION 🔸🔹 pic.twitter.com/dnPGuRlly9
— Jartavius Martin (@JartaviusM_) January 3, 2023
“Thank you to the University of Illinois for these last five years of my life! This journey has allowed me to mature and learn exponentially as a man and a student-athlete both on and off the field,” wrote Martin.
“To Coach B and Coach Walters, thank you for believing in me and developing me into the player and young man I am today. I am extremely grateful. These last 2 years have been absolutely amazing!
“My chapter here at Illinois has come to an end and with that being said, I will be declaring for the 2023 NFL Draft!”
In 2022, Martin set a career-high mark with 64 total tackles and tied a career-high with 3 interceptions. He finished second on the Illini with 11 pass breakups, trailing only Devon Witherspoon’s 14 breakups on the season.
Martin leaves Illinois with 225 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 7 interceptions and 22 pass breakups.