4-Star WR Oliver Martin Commits To Michigan

    Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff pulled off a bit of a recruiting surprise, gaining the commitment of 4-star wide receiver Oliver Martin just before National Signing Day.

    January 31, 2017

    Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff pulled off a bit of a recruiting surprise by gaining the commitment of 4-star wide receiver Oliver Martin just before National Signing Day.


    Add another odd recruiting stunt to Jim Harbaugh’s list.

    Four-star wide receiver Oliver Martin released a video late Monday of himself, Harbaugh and new Michigan assistant Pep Hamilton jumping into a pool together, signaling his commitment to the Wolverines.  He later posted a message on Twitter.

    “I am proud and excited to announce my commitment to play football for the University of Michigan! Go Blue!”

    The U.S. Army All-American from Iowa City was not a lock to choose Michigan, though the Wolverines put on the pressure this past month and sent Hamilton to visit Martin two week ago. Auburn also was in pursuit, and Martin traveled to East Lansing for an official visit Jan. 13. Notre Dame and hometown Iowa also were in the mix.

    But Martin ultimately chose the Wolverines, and Harbaugh’s latest public showing in recruiting worked again. Martin is rated the No. 30 wide receiver and No. 216 player overall, although he’ll need to add some bulk to his 6-foot-1, 188-pound frame. His football IQ is off the charts, helping him make up for any perceived lack of size.

    That doesn’t mean he lacks physical gifts. Martin is fast and bursts off the line of scrimmage. He finds himself open plenty, mainly due to his strong route-running ability.

    With Martin’s pledge, Michigan has 27 commitments for 2017 and the No. 3 class in the nation. It also gives the Wolverines a stellar crop of wide receivers as Martin joins 5-star standout Donovan Peoples-Jones and 4-star wideout Tarik Black.

    Note: Scout rankings, ratings and photos used in this article.

    MORE: National Signing Day Commitment Schedule

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