Decatur (Ala.) Martin running back Asa Martin hopes to visit Michigan this spring.

Decatur (Ala.) Martin running back Asa Martin has formed a quick bond with new Michigan running backs coach Jay Harbaugh.

Asa Martin may have transferred back home to Decatur (Ala.) Martin from IMG Academy in Florida, but at this point in his recruitment he is still leaning toward a school in the Sunshine State.  The four-star tailback declared Florida his leader in an interview last week, but when questioned at the Nike Opening Regional in Atlanta a few days later he did make it clear that there are other programs nipping at the Gators’ heels.

“Florida, Auburn, Michigan, and a couple of other ones I like (like) Ole Miss,” Martin said.

As is seemingly the case with an increasing number of prospects lately, Michigan is a conspicuous presence on a list that otherwise consists of southern powers. One of chief reasons for that in this case is Martin’s connection with Michigan running backs coach Jay Harbaugh.

“He is a real cool guy,” said Martin.  “I really like him.  I talk to him quite a bit. He is a good guy.”

Another appealing attribute is Michigan’s style of play.

“They’ve got kind of a downhill offense,” said Martin. “Kind of what you’re going to get in the league too, so I kind of like that.”

The Wolverines are clearly on solid footing at this point in the talented youngster’s recruitment, but moving up this list isn’t likely to happen prior to him visiting Ann Arbor.

“I’ve never been up there, but I’m looking to go up there pretty soon though,” said Martin.

“This spring.”

Finalizing that trip plan might be crucial to the Wolverines’ chances because the possibility of an early commitment.

“I graduate in December so (a decision) will be somewhere around maybe the beginning of my season, or maybe the summer,” said Martin. “We’ll just have to see.”

“(The decision will come down to) being comfortable at the place. I’ve got to live there the next three or four years. My mom has to be comfortable with it.  A program that fits my style and has that home / family type environment.”

And Martin insists being close to home won’t play a role in determining his comfort.

“That’s not factor at all,” he said.  “I went to IMG when I was 15 years old, so that’s not a problem.”

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