Mike Martin 100% Committed to Michigan?

Lately there has been a great deal of buzz around Notre Dame's recent pursuit of Detroit Catholic Central DT Mike Martin. The Irish made their move on the longtime Michigan commit en lieu of the coaching change in Ann Arbor and the loss of one of their verbals. Is powerful lineman still open to their overtures, or is he preparing to close the door?

Isn’t it funny how the recruiting game is so similar to rolling dice? Sometimes you hit your number and other times you crap out. Well right now Notre Dame is trying to hit a lucky number Michigan commitment Mike Martin. They are trying feverishly to convince to back out of his pledge and choose instead to play his college ball in South Bend. Helping them out in their cause is one of their commitments, Detroit Country Day RB Jonas Gray.

“They should change Jonas from a player to coach,” Martin joked. “He is really recruiting hard for Notre Dame.”

Even without Gray’s prodding, Martin is admittedly a little intrigued by the Domers.

“I had an interest in them early on when I went to their camp in the summer,” said Martin. “I really hadn’t heard from them since.”

So why is Notre Dame contacting him now? From Martin’s perspective, it’s not a coincidence that the recent offer from Weis & company came after Buford, Georgia DT Omar Hunter chose to back out of his Irish pledge in order to pursue other options.

“I felt the offer was late,” Martin said. “Right now they are in the speed-to-get-to-know-me process. I also feel like since Omar de-committed I am their back-up plan.”

So while it’s clear Martin perceives himself as Irish plan-b, he has chosen to not let that be a deterrent from at least seeing what Notre Dame is all about. He recently chatted with one of the new staff members in Ann Arbor and was encouraged to follow up on satisfying his curiosity.

“I am trying to go up on a visit to Notre Dame,” he said. “I have already talked with (Michigan defensive backs coach) Tony Gibson and he respects my decision. He told me that they wanted me to (go ahead and take the visit) and that they would keep in touch with me.”

Up to this point it has been difficult for Martin to schedule his trip to South Bend because of conflicts with his wrestling schedule. However, he has found time arrange his trip to Michigan, which will occur on January 18th.

“I am very excited about meeting the coaches at Michigan,” said Martin. “They told me Wednesday that they were moving there things to Michigan. I’m looking forward to getting to know them.”

“I still love Michigan,” Martin later continued. “I got this special feeling and I just knew that I wanted to go there. I am 100% committed to Michigan.”

Despite those comments, the Irish will continue to have an opening unless and until Martin completely closes the door on the possibility of visiting. So what if he gets that special feeling about the new coaches when he visits on the 18th? Might he cancel the trip to South Bend.

“That’s definitely possible,” he said. “You never know what might happen.”

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