Signing Day Capsule: Mike Martin

Martin is a prototypical nose guard because of his shorter, stockier frame and strength. He has quickness off the ball and plays with excellent leverage. He has good technique and does well with his hands, shedding blockers. He has outstanding strength and hand punch to hold his ground against the run and the feet and technique to be a disruptive pass rusher. (Video Included)

Mike Martin
Defensive Tackle 6'1/305
Catholic Central (Novi, MI)
NR: **** Pos Rank - 12 Player Video:
Junior Highlights – DT #68–
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His Recruiting Story:

Following his sophomore season, Mike Martin came to the Michigan Summer Camp a relative unknown. By the end of the week, he had at least gotten the coaches to know his name. After 75 tackles and eight sacks his junior season, not only did they know his name, but so did many college coaches.

If that wasn't enough, Martin decided to follow his mentor Terrence Taylor and take up wrestling. In his first year in the sport, the powerful Martin bullied his way to a Division 1 state title. Not one to stop and rest, he participated in track and field as well, winning the state title in the shot put by over nearly two feet.

With those accomplishments and outstanding weight room numbers (420-lb bench/520-lb squat) under his belt, the offers began pouring in. Miami-Ohio was the first, but Michigan would soon follow along with a host of Big Ten programs including Michigan State, Iowa, Penn State and Northwestern. Martin went out to the Penn State NIKE camp at State College and put on quite the performance. At that point, it was thought that the Nittany Lions were neck and neck with the Wolverines.

However, Martin ended all the speculation when he showed Wolverines recruiting coordinator Chris Singletary his cell phone on a visit with his parents.

"My phone said MGoBlue and it had a picture of all the guys' hands. I had it on my phone for like a month. [Recruiting coordinator] Chris Singletary was showing me and my family around on my visit and my dad was like, ‘Why don't you show Chris your phone?' I was like dad, shut up, you know trying to hint to him. I showed Chris and he was like ‘Why did I even take you around?"

Although a late offer from Notre Dame and interest in Michigan State and others increased, Martin stuck it out with his childhood favorite. Also, the idea of being a backup plan after the Irish lost the commitment of Omar Hunter wasn't one he could swallow.

"That did not sit well with me," Martin admitted. "Plus I love Michigan. I am committed to Michigan."

GoBlueWolverine Commentar

Martin's camp performance in 2007 was one of the best individual efforts GBW has seen since we began covering the summer camp. After seeing him on film and in person at a couple games, we see a potential All Conference performer. Relentless is the best way to describe Martin. He is a bull: strong, aggressive and very quick off the ball. He plays with outstanding leverage and uses his hands well to shed blocks. With the multiple fronts the Wolverines plan on using, Martin could be used in a variety of roles. He isn't a big gap plugger, but his strength will allow him to take on multiple blockers.

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