Iowa City native Oliver Martin, a former four-star wide receiver, began his college career at Michigan. He announced his transfer earlier this off-season, and is set to return home.
Iowa was seen as the front runner to land Martin, given the Hawkeyes' proximity to home, and their involvement with him during his high school recruitment. Things wound up playing out that way.
Martin will be a Hawkeye this fall. As of now, it sounds like his immediate eligibility is up in the air.
During a recent event, Kirk Ferentz discussed the transfer and the next steps for Oliver Martin.
From The Gazette:
Iowa City native and former Michigan wide receiver Oliver Martin transferred to his hometown Hawkeyes less than two weeks ago.
It was quick with the Hawkeyes. Martin wanted to be in Iowa City at the University of Iowa. Ferentz and staff did not hesitate.
“There really wasn’t much to it,” Ferentz said. “He made up his mind. When he came forward to us about it, we definitely had interest. When he expressed interest, nothing had changed on our end. He took the steps he had to take and it was a logical move, I think.”
It sounds like Martin will attempt to get immediate eligibility. That requires an NCAA waiver, and while they've become more common, the organization is also pretty inconsistent in how it awards them.
Your next question is whether or not Martin will be eligible for the upcoming season.
“We’ll have to wait and see,” Ferentz said. “He’s appealing it right now. It’s in the hands of compliance and the NCAA.”
Martin was the No. 1 recruit in Iowa in the 2017 class. Last year, he caught 11 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown.