One of the first offers the new Iowa State staff extended upon its arrival in Ames was to Chandler Park Academy (Mich.) receiver and Toledo commit Jalen Martin, who quickly locked in an official visit with the Cyclones.
Six weeks later, that visit has finally arrived.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound receiver, who holds offers from Toledo, Bowling Green and Western Michigan among others, will visit Iowa State from Jan. 16-18 as he nears a decision on where he will ultimately end up.
“Right now we’re just keeping in touch, just keep build a rapport with each other, with the coaches,” Martin said of Iowa State. “They’re very excited for me to come on my official visit and I am as well. I just can’t wait to go on my official visit and see something new. It’s always exciting to go some place you haven’t been before and it’s just very exciting.”
Martin, who is considered a soft verbal for Toledo, committed to Campbell and his Toledo staff in October and was set to sign with the MAC school before the Big 12 offer rolled in upon Campbell’s move west. Martin had shut down his recruitment and wasn’t listening to other schools before the coaching change.
The lengthy receiver has a close relationship with several members of the staff and that, combined with playing in a Power 5 conference, has enticed him.
“I know they’re an up-and-coming program,” Martin said. “Their record wasn’t as good but I know Coach Campbell is going to go there and turn the team around and just be a difference-maker. That sounds like a good thing to do. Especially coming from a unique program like Toledo and going to a very high-major school, a Big 12, Power 5 school. Coming from a program like that to a program like that, to turn it around would be great.”
While Nevada has shown recent interest, Martin, who is the No. 22 receiver in the Midwest, has recently been mostly focused on Iowa State and Toledo. He has scheduled a visit to Toledo the weekend of Jan. 22-24, but that visit appears tentative.
“It’s been put in place to visit Toledo on [Jan.] 22, but I’m not really sure,” Martin said. “It’s not for sure, for sure.”
If Martin takes that trip to Toledo, he expects to have a decision shortly after barring a late offer from another school. For now, he’s focused on his coming weekend and his first look at Ames and Iowa State.
“I want to know what’s the life like, the culture, how the guys prepare for games, classes, I just want to know all those little things and the things that matter,” Martin said. “I just want to know everything. I just want to be sure about my decision-making just to make sure I’m making the right decision.”