San Antonio, Tex.--Playing in this week’s U.S. Army All-American Game and among the top wide receiver prospects in the nation, four-star speedster Oliver Martin from Iowa City, Iowa is a player who has been getting a lot of attention from the Auburn Tigers in recent weeks.
A 6-1, 185-pounder who had 3,449 career receiving yards and 33 touchdowns, Martin said that he began hearing from Auburn recently and is interested in learning more about the program after getting an offer from the Tigers.
“One of the receivers they were recruiting committed elsewhere and their receivers Coach Kodi Burns was looking for someone to be a stable guy at the position coming into this class,” Martin said. “He found out about me and reached out to me. We’ve talked on the phone a few times and he offered me.”
Growing up just minutes from the campus at Iowa, Martin lives in the heart of Big 10 country, but notes he’s familiar with the Auburn program and the Southeastern Conference. That is something that puts Auburn immediately into the picture for him as does having a guy like Burns coaching the position on the Plains.
“I know they’re a big-time SEC program,” Martin said. “They have big-time football down there. I know the receivers coach is pretty young and played on the Auburn national championship team not too long ago, so he can relate to my situation. He played at that level so I know he knows the position and could teach me.”
Having already visited Iowa and Notre Dame officially, Martin said at the moment he only has one visit scheduled in January and doesn’t have a timetable for making a final decision. That could be good news for Auburn because it leaves open the possibility for a trip, Martin said.
“They could potentially get a visit,” he said. “All I’ve got is Michigan State right now.”