Pontiac Northern dual-sport standout Martell Webb hasn't had much free time in recent months. Right after a football season in which he impressed a number of division one programs with his athleticism and versatility, the 6-4, 210-pounder laced up his gym shoes for Northern's basketball team. After that season ended with a short playoff run he began playing AAU ball with a few different clubs and participated in a number of tournaments (including the King James Classic in Akron this past weekend). That busy schedule prevented Webb from visiting Ann Arbor as much as he would have liked this spring, but he did visit Michigan's campus before the Wolverines concluded drills.
"I finally made it over," said Webb. "It was the last practice before the spring game. I just watched practice talked to a couple coaches. We talked about playing receiver or tight end and they said I could play both. I also met a few players."
In recent weeks Webb has also been conversing with a few Michigan recruits; one that may commit in the future, and one that already has.
"I've talked to Dionte Allen," said Webb. "I've been knowing him for a while. It would be good if Dionte goes to Michigan too. He's real cool. Ryan Mallett has called me. I've been talking to him everyday. He is good people. He said that he wants to throw the ball to me. He said he wanted to get to know me and that we could be good friends."
Mallett's presence at Michigan has made the Wolverines more appealing than they already were. At this point Webb indicated that the Maize and Blue will be tough to beat.
"I've got offers from Boston College, Western Michigan, Michigan State, and Michigan," he said. "I talked to Coach Debord today and I'm leaning towards Michigan, but I don't know when I'm going to commit. I've got to discuss it with my parents a little bit more. I'll make my decision this summer this time."
Another factor that may have furthered Michigan's previous advantage with Webb is their willingness to let him pursue playing basketball in Ann Arbor as well.
"We talked about that and they said I could play both sports," he said. "It's going to be hard, but they said I could. I didn't get a chance to talk to Coach Amaker about it, but Coach Carr did."