“After the spring game I talked to Coach Rodriguez, and Coach Frey… and Coach Rodriguez gave me the news that I had an offer,” Martin recalled. “I wasn’t expecting it going in. I just wanted to go up there, meet the coaches, try to keep the recruiting process going, and maybe eventually get it. I was surprised (by the offer) and real excited. I camped up there last summer with the old staff, so they recruited me all through the summer. Then a month after the new staff came in I sent a tape up to Coach Rodriguez. Then they started recruiting me a month later.”
At 6-5, 260-lbs. Martin could potentially play anywhere along the offensive line. If he were to choose Michigan he would be called on to try his hand at all of them.
“That was one of the things we talked about with Coach Frey,” said Martin regarding where he would play. “He said, ‘we’re going to bring you in, see which position you’re most comfortable, and then play you behind the guys at that position.’ It that doesn’t work they’ll move me around. He said every lineman at Michigan that he coaches now is going to have to know all five positions. It’s really not about where you come in, it’s about where you finish.”
After seeing first hand the new regime’s spin on Michigan’s football program, Martin found himself just as impressed with Michigan as he was before.
“Coach Frey said that people were saying that the question mark is going to be the offensive line this year, but I thought they did real well,” Martin said. “I think they only gave up one sack. They’re big, they’re quick, and the rest of the team has a lot of speed.”
“I was real impressed with Michigan,” he continued. “It changed a little bit since the last time I was there. They changed the weight room. He gave us all a presentation of what they do in strength & conditioning. I liked him. He was energetic. He was always moving. He was real energetic. I was really impressed with all of the coaches and the facilities. I definitely liked it.”
While it’s clear that the Wolverines strengthened they’re position in Martin’s recruitment, some pundits suggest their efforts were all in vein. Many suggest that all of the youngster’s suitors are hopelessly chasing the University of Kentucky. Why, you ask? His father is a former Wildcat player that played one year with current Kentucky linebacker (and Zach’s chief recruiter), Chuck Smith. Furthermore, Martin’s mother was an athletic trainer at the storied university. According to Martin, however, none of the speculation is true.
“I’m totally open at this point,” he said matter-of-factly. “My parents aren’t putting any pressure on me to go down there. I know a lot of people down there, but it’s definitely not me definitely going there because I know a lot of people down there.”
There are a few other factors that will play much more prominent roles in his final decision.
“The coaches, the support the program has, and definitely I want to get to know the guys on the team,” Martin reported. “That’s probably going to be the biggest thing…to get to know the guys to see if they’re having fun and having a good time.”
With 14 offers currently to his credit, and more coming in every week, Martin is still in the process of evaluating the programs showing interest. That said, he will begin determining his list of favorites in the not too distant future.
“I don’t really have a top five because I’m still getting to know all of the coaches and still going to every spot just keeping an open mind,” explained Martin. “I’m going to try to sit down with my folks in about a month and try to get it down to probably ten. I’ll definitely make my decision before signing day next year. I don’t want to drag it out that long. But I’m going to wait until I’m ready. I’m not going to rush anything.”