Chandler Park Academy (Mich.) receiver and current Toledo commit Jalen Martin was doing his Spanish homework when new Iowa State coach Matt Campbell called early last week to check in on the three-star prospect.
With his move to Iowa State, Campbell wanted to extend a new offer.
“He told me that I’m his guy,” Martin said of the conversation. “He believed in me from Day 1 and I believed in him as well and he offered me a scholarship and wants me to come play for him and lead the team.”
Martin is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound receiver who holds offers from Toledo, Bowling Green and Western Michigan among others. He committed to Toledo in October and was dead-set on signing there in February before the coaching change.
Now, he’s giving Iowa State a close look.
The Cyclones had Director of Scouting John Kuceyeski visit Martin last Thursday and he spoke again with Campbell on the phone Sunday. Martin is expected to get another visit from Iowa State this week and is set to visit Jan. 15.
“Oh man,” Martin said of the Iowa State offer. “It’s definitely a blessing to get an offer from a Power 5 school. It’s something that growing up a kid dreams of, playing on TV, playing for a big school. I was locked in and focused on Toledo and I really wasn’t worried about any other schools anymore because I made that commitment and that’s what it was. I was proud to make that commitment and when I got the offer from Iowa State it was just like, ‘Wow.’ It almost felt unreal but I was very proud, very happy.
“A lot of people are afraid of the process but want the glory. You’ve got to go through the process to get the glory, to be successful. That’s the process I’ve been through and it’s going to pay off.”
Martin remains committed to Toledo while he sorts through the process and isn’t in any hurry to change things until he visits Iowa State. He hosted a Toledo assistant for an in-home visit last Thursday after the Cyclones stopped at school.
He likes the idea of playing in the Big 12, but is taking some time.
“I’m just going to wait and hold off a little bit and see all my options and see what’s the best fit for me, whether I should leave or whether I should stay or if I should go elsewhere,” Martin said. “Once you’ve committed and you’ve signed and gone to that one school, you’re locked in for the next four or five years. I just want to make sure I’m going to make the best choice for my life and my future to accomplish the goals I have set for myself.”
His Iowa State trip will help answer those questions, but for now, he’s in constant communication with Campbell and his staff at Iowa State, including another phone call Sunday night.
“We had a great conversation,” Martin said. “I am very excited about Iowa State and I am looking forward to my official visit in January.”