Oliver Martin, a four-star member of Michigan football’s 2017 class, is set to leave the Wolverines after two years. That could be big news for another prominent Big Ten program.
Martin is a native of Iowa City, home of the Iowa Hawkeyes. He was the No. 1 recruit in the state in the class.
For a school like Iowa, which is in a state that doesn’t produce a ton of blue-chip players, losing Martin to another Big Ten program had to burn. However, there’s a chance that the Hawkeyes get another swing at him here.
Martin is entering the transfer portal, leading many to speculate that he could return home to finish his college career.
One Iowa columnist thinks that the Hawkeyes have a great chance to bring Oliver Martin home.
Chad Leistkow of Hawk Central wrote a long column about the Martin situation, reflecting on his initial recruitment, which involved a fully-clothed Jim Harbaugh jumping in a pool with him during his commitment.
I thought about this a lot Wednesday night, after the news broke. There’s legit buzz about the mere possibility that Martin, who has 11 career college catches, will wear a Hawkeye uniform.
He’s an in-state kid. He’s an in-town kid. A kid whose recruiting profile exploded. Every time a major school offered Martin, stories were written about it. Auburn, Florida, Ohio State and UCLA wanted him, too. Martin’s recruitment almost became a reality show, in which even a nationally recognized coach jumped into a swimming pool with him as a recruiting stunt.
He doesn’t seem to have any inside info here, but he does say he thinks Iowa has the best shot to land him.
For the record, I do think Iowa has the best shot of any FBS program to land Martin’s services. And the Hawkeyes (who only have eight scholarship receivers and zero 2020 commitments at that position) would be crazy to turn him down.
Martin played in every game for the Wolverines last fall, with one start. He’s added 15 pounds (up to 200) to his 6-foot-1 frame since setting state records at West High. There’s no doubt he would upgrade Iowa’s wide-receivers room.
We don’t have a list of schools yet that Martin is considering, but if he was exploring a commitment to Iowa the first time around, it would make sense that they will be in the running here.