The title of the busiest 2017 prospect from the state of Iowa this summer might rest with Iowa City West receiver Oliver Martin, whose emergence onto the recruiting scene has also made him one of the state’s most intriguing prospects.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Martin, who is ranked as the No. 61 overall receiver, including the 10th best in the Midwest, holds offers from Army, Central Michigan, Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan. But his MVP performance at Nike’s The Opening in Chicago, which earned him a trip to the finals in Oregon later this summer, has continued to push him onto the radar of prospective Power 5 programs.
For now, Martin is taking the recruiting process slowly.
“I think I want to wait through the summer until after I go through all the camps and see if I get any other offers and make sure I can see all of my opportunities before I make a decision,” Martin said. “I have a very busy summer. I have high school baseball going on but then a bunch of camps on the weekend. During the week after baseball practice I’ll go do some drills and get ready for the camps and then go to the camps and do the best I can.”
Martin’s camp tour brought him to Iowa State during the weekend where he continued to impress. Iowa State had Martin work some at safety to get a wider look at his skillset, but he ultimately showed his skills most during one-on-ones at receiver where he concluded the camp with a hard cut and catch as he broke away from the defender.
As one of the top prospects in Ames, Martin was summoned to meet with Iowa State coach Matt Campbell in the Jacobsen Building following camp.
“[He said] that I raised my stock with them and that they’re very interested in me and to keep in contact over the next few weeks,” Martin said. “I think both [Iowa State and Iowa] want to take the recruiting process a little more slowly than maybe some other ones just because they want to make sure they get the right guys before they jump and offer kids.”
Iowa State keeps in frequent contact with Martin through Director of Iowa High School Relations Mitchell Moore and linebackers coach Tyson Veidt, who recruits eastern Iowa.
Martin, who has been timed with a 4.52 40-yard dash and who is one of the more sure-handed receiver in the class, will camp at Northwestern on Monday before eventually getting to camps at Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan State and Kansas State in June.
“I guess I’m just trying to get some more offers because I feel like I’m capable of getting some more. I guess I want to see what I can get in the summer,” Martin said. “If there’s a school that offers me and I like them right away, I’d commit.”
Until then, Martin will push on into his busy summer.
“I think I’ve gotten a lot faster this year and quicker. I’ve started to do some speed workouts with some guys back home and some work on my own more than I usually have,” Martin said. “I’m working to get better and I think with these camps coming up it’ll show.”