Detroit Catholic Central DT Mike Martin had been a Michigan commit for quite some time, but in the aftermath of the recent coaching change he started to have questions about what the future might hold. When he took his official visit to Ann Arbor this past weekend the Wolverines went above and beyond the call of duty to let him know that Michigan was still the place for him.
“I had a great visit the players and the coaches were good to me,” Martin said. “The coaches were really positive in what they discussed with me.”
Each coach had their chance with Martin and the one on one interaction made him feel better and better about the Maize & Blue. One of the most important conversations was with the Wolverines new defensive coordinator.
“I had a chance to talk with Coach Schafer and he was very enthusiastic,” recalled Martin. “He likes an attacking style of defense and I was very excited to hear that. He is excited to coach. He said, ‘after I looked at you on film I really want to coach you.’ ”
Last weekend was also about getting his parents up to Ann Arbor so they could get to know the coaches also. That too appeared to be a rousing success.
“My parents really enjoyed meeting with the coaching staff,” said Martin. “My dad really bonded with Coach Tony Dews. We all had a very nice time at Michigan”
An how did he get along with the players?
“Oh they are all real cool guys,” Martin reported. “Vince Helmuth was my host. Although it didn’t feel that way because it felt like I was hanging out with my friend on the weekend.”
Helmuth and Martin have known each other for two years now. They use to compete against each other in high school track.
“Vince really took care of me on my visit,” Martin said. “We had a very good time. He joked with me and said I better be glad he is not still in high school or he would beat me with the shot put and discus. I told him not this time around”.
Heading into last weekend’s visit Martin had some very finite criteria wanted met in order to appease his concerns. Did Rodriguez and company pass the test?
“My expectations were high for this visit and Michigan exceeded every one of them,” an excited Martin said.
As for Notre Dame, Martin indicated that the possibility of visiting Notre Dame next weekend still exists at this point. GoBlueWolverine be monitoring the situation throughout the week. Whatever the case might be, it’s clear that the Irish will are facing an uphill battle when it comes to loosening Michigan’s grip on the powerful youngster.
Stay tuned for part two of GoBlueWolverine’s feature on Martin in which he goes in depth about his interaction with the coaching staff.