Webb Plans for Two-Sport UM Career

Michigan tight end commitment Martell Webb made his first visit of the season to Ann Arbor yesterday and GoBlueWolverine caught up with the talented youngster to find out how things went. He discusses his interaction with the other recruits, the position he will play on the football team, and his plans to lace up his gym shoes for Tommy Amaker.

The 2006 season hasn't gone according to plan for Pontiac Northern standout Martell Webb.  The versatile Michigan commitment has experienced a great deal of personal success thus far, but that hasn't been enough to help his team reach its collective goals.

"My season is going great, but the team overall…we aren't doing too good," Webb said.  "We're 1-6.  I'm playing wideout. I have 36 catches, for 775 yards, and nine touchdowns.  I haven't really been playing too much linebacker these last couple of games. "

While Webb's current team is struggling, his future squad is off to an impressive 6-0 start.  The 6-5, 215-pounder was in Ann Arbor Saturday watching his Wolverines dominate their in-state rivals, the Michigan State Spartans.  He also had the chance to rub shoulders with a few other recruits

"That was my first game this year," Webb said.  "I've just been a little busy.  I hung with Toney Clemons and Ryan Mallett. That was my first time meeting Toney.  We're cool now.  I didn't really talk to anybody else.  I talked to a couple of other commits.  I heard that it's Michigan for him." 

Webb plans to return to Ann Arbor for another visit in a few weeks when the Wolverines take on the Iowa Hawkeyes.  He remains firmly committed to the Maize and Blue.  The only question is where he will line up when he finally puts on the winged helmet next year.  Will it be wideout (which he has stated is his preference), or tight end (which is where many coaches and scouts feel he can have an even brighter future)?  According to Webb, the staff at Michigan has come up with an excellent compromise.

"They told me I could play wideout…they were saying both," Webb explained.  "It's something called U-receiver.  I'd do a little blocking, they'd put me at fullback, motion me, they'll have me outside…they were saying it would be a mix of things."

Webb has also expressed the desire to mix his sporting career at Michigan.  The talented athlete has been a standout on the basketball court at Pontiac Central as well, and hopes to continue that trend when he puts on the Maize and Blue next year.

"I talked to [Coach Amaker] over the phone," Webb said.  "Coach Carr already approved.  I'm going to give it a try.  It's going to be a hard task doing it next year.  I've got to just work hard."


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