UM Sets In-State Sights on WR, Martell Webb

Martell Webb saw his basketball season come to a close earlier this week when his Pontiac Northern squad fell to Orchard Lake St. Mary's in a 57-55 nail-biter. While Webb certainly has been successful on the hardwood, he is more highly regarded on the football field. The Michigan Wolverines have already clearly identified him as one of their top in-state targets.

If someone remarked a couple months ago that they were attending a basketball game between Orchard Lake St. Mary’s and Pontiac Northern to see a wide receiver Michigan had extended an offer to, one would assume that was St. Mary’s wideout Taurian Washington. That assumption would be correct, but now there are two players that meet that description.

Junior receiver Martell Webb went largely unnoticed by many scouts as the go-to wideout for Pontiac Northern this past football season, but he didn’t go unnoticed by the Michigan football staff.

Catching up with Webb just after his Northern basketball team fell to Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 57-55 in the regional semifinal game, the youngster was certainly disappointed about his team’s loss, especially with the way it came. Northern held the lead for most of the game only to see it evaporate in the final minutes. Then St. Mary’s junior guard Kalin Lucas hit a runner in the lane with less than ten seconds left to give the Eaglets the lead and the game.

Despite the loss though, Webb was excited to discuss his potential future on the gridiron, possibly as a Wolverine.

“Yeah, Michigan offered me as a receiver,” said the 6’ 5” Webb, who is certainly an intimidating presence on the basketball court (and likely is when going up against opposing defensive backs as well). An offer from Michigan typically comes this early only to the very top talent out there, so it’s surprising that the offer extended by the Wolverine coaching staff is Webb’s first. “They’re my only offer so far, but I’ve been hearing from Michigan State, Iowa, Boston College, Notre Dame, Illinois, and some others.”

Terry Malone was originally the one recruiting Webb for the Wolverines, but with Malone having left the program for the New Orleans Saints, Webb isn’t sure who exactly will be the lead in his recruitment in the coming months. But, he’s spoken with wide receivers’ coach Erik Campbell, as well as head coach Lloyd Carr.

About Carr, Webb said, “Coach Carr is a great guy, he’s very up front and just a real good guy.”

Webb was last timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.7 seconds, but will be heading to the Nike Camp in Ohio where he’ll hope to drop his time and turn some heads with his abilities at the wide receiver position.

With just one offer and still eleven months until signing day, Webb isn’t in any rush to make a decision. However, early on the Wolverines are definitely looking good for bringing in the potentially intimidating wideout.

“I’ve already been down to Ann Arbor, it’s a real cool town, definitely someplace I could see myself.”

Martell didn’t claim a solid leader, but made it clear who had made the best first impression. “At this point, Michigan has to be out in front. They’re the ones that have stepped up and offered me, and plus, it’s Michigan.”

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