UPDATED: Surprise 2015 WR to sign with WSU

BACK ON NATIONAL SIGNING DAY, Mike Leach made it crystal clear that he and his coaching staff were not done recruiting for the class of 2015. And on Friday morning, Cougfan.com has learned that three-star wide receiver Tavares Martin, who was previously set to go to West Virginia, has committed to the Cougs and will be on campus this summer.

Martin, who held more than 20 scholarship offers this past recruiting cycle, is a Coug.

“I committed to WSU,” Martin said. “I committed yesterday when I was on my official visit. I loved it over there. The campus was everything I wanted it to be and more. The people there were nice and it was a perfect environment. I can definitely see myself there for the next 4-5 years.”

COMING OUT OF William T. Dwyer High in Palm Beach Garden, Fla., Martin was ranked the No. 19 wide receiver in his class to come out of the Sunshine State.

Rated three stars by Scout.com, Martin had offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, Ole Miss, Nebraska, West Virginia, Wisconsin and many others throughout his recruitment.

Martin said he’s been in contact with the Washington State coaches for a little over a month, with outside wide receivers coach Graham Harrell being the point man on his recruitment.

“We had a good talk while I was on my visit,” Martin said. “We just sat down and talked about me coming in and working hard to get a spot. I’m playing the “z” position and they want me to come in and catch a lot of touchdowns for them. I want to help them get back to a Rose Bowl.”

MARTIN COMMITTED TO West Virginia in early December, but the Mountaineers pulled his offer prior to National Signing Day. According to ESPN, WVU pulled Martin's scholarship due to an arrest in 2014. ESPN added that there was a hang-up in the severity of the charge.

Per the Palm Beach Post, Martin was arrested in April of 2014 on charges of unarmed burglary of an unoccupied dwelling in Palm Beach Gardens, grand theft of less than $5,000, dealing in stolen property and fraud.

"They claimed it dealt with my arrest," Martin said of his split with the Mountaineers. "Basically they knew about my arrest the whole time, but the problem was that the athletic director didn’t want to accept me.

“The coaches at West Virginia wanted me to go to court and try and lessen my charge. I took my charge and decided to move on. The coaches basically stopped talking to me after that.”

His arrest was cleared up with the WSU coaches during his official visit.

"We spoke about it, and basically Coach Leach told me he's all about giving people second chances," Martin said. "I had some trouble in my past, but I'm ready to move forward. I'm thankful WSU is willing to give me another chance. I'm incredibly grateful to be headed to the Pac-12."


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