Just days after entering the transfer portal, it appears wide receiver Oliver Martin could have a decision made. According to a report from Hawkeye Nation, Martin will transfer from Michigan to Iowa in a move that could become official as early as this week.
Martin is a former missed target of the Hawkeyes. The top-rated player in the state of Iowa opted to head to Ann Arbor to begin his college football career, so coming home to play for Iowa now is a win for Kirk Ferentz in the long run.
Martin will be forced to sit out the 2019 season due to typical NCAA transfer rules, but his addition to the offense will be well received once he is eligible le again. Martin will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2020.
After redshirting for the Wolverines in 2017, Martin caught 11 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown for Michigan last fall.
According to a tweet from Tom VanHaaren of ESPN.com, Martin is now listed in the NCAA transfer database, the first step in what would potentially be a move away from Ann Arbor. For what it’s worth, there has been no confirmation from either the wide receiver or the U-M football program.
Per a source, Michigan wide receiver Oliver Martin is in the transfer portal.
A four-star member of that 2017 class, Martin was rated as the No. 1 player at any position in the state of Iowa. Martin ultimately chose U-M over, among others, his home state Iowa Hawkeyes.
According to HawkCentral.com, “[s]ources close to the situation have indicated Iowa is a possible destination for Martin,” whose family lives less than a half-hour from Kinnick Stadium.
A shoulder injury played a role in Martin not seeing the field as a true freshman and taking a redshirt season. This past season, Martin caught 11 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown. He also ran once for another 11 yards.
Barring something out of the ordinary rearing its head, Martin would have to sit out the 2019 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. That would then leave the receiver with two years of eligibility he can begin using in 2020.
Michigan WR Tarik Black out indefinitely after another foot injury
There’s a lot of optimism around Michigan going into the season in part because of the addition of transfer quarterback Shea Patterson but Jim Harbaugh has not been shy on heaping praise on the progress made at the wide receiver position in recent months as being a key to a much more productive offense in 2018. Sadly though, it might be missing a key piece thanks to some tough injury news out of Ann Arbor this weekend.
In an email, the school confirmed reports that wide receiver Tarik Black had suffered a foot injury in practice and is being listed as out indefinitely as he undergoes further evaluation.
It’s a super tough blow for Black considering he missed most of last season while dealing with a foot injury and, when healthy, is viewed as top pass-catcher for the team after flashing early in 2017. While he broke his left foot last season, it appears this current injury is to his right foot but the school did not give any further specifics on the severity of the issue this time around.
The absence of Black in the lineup for the huge showdown against Notre Dame on Saturday night on NBC (and likely well past that game) puts even more pressure on the rest of the young receiving corps to step up in his place. Chief among the top options on the outside for Patterson this week will likely be former top recruit Donovan Peoples-Jones.Grant Perry, Nico Collins and Oliver Martin all will likely see the field in various combinations as well.
Still, it’s a bummer to hear of Black’s injury so close to the season getting underway for the Wolverines and because of what he went through all of last year to get ready to play for the maize and blue again.
WATCH: Khaki-clad Jim Harbaugh jumps into pool to celebrate four-star’s commitment
Recruiting season is shifting into high gear as this cycle nears the finish line, and so is Jim Harbaugh. Still.
Oliver Martin is a four-star 2017 recruit, rated as the No. 1 player at any position in the state of Iowa and the No. 28 wide receiver in the country according to 247Sports.com. Monday, two days before National Signing Day, Martin announced that he has verbally committed to play his college football at Michigan over the likes of Iowa, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
So, naturally, Martin, also a swimmer at West Senior High School in Iowa City, and Harbaugh, along with new UM assistant Pep Hamilton, celebrated by jumping into an indoor pool on the school’s Ann Arbor campus. Clad in khakis, of course.