West High senior Oliver Martin looks back to when schools and coaches began recruiting him and how he spent his free time visiting college campuses.
IOWA CITY, Ia. — Michigan is expecting four-star Iowa City West receiver Oliver Martin to visit this weekend, a source within the Michigan program confirmed to Hawk Central on Thursday afternoon.
"We are going through the process of getting him to Michigan," the source texted.
The news was first reported by Landof10.com's Brandon Justice.
This news comes a day after head coach Jim Harbaugh flew to Iowa City to visit with Martin and his family. Linebackers coach Chris Partridge, who's been the point man on Martin's recruitment, was also there.
As of Wednesday night, no official visit had been scheduled.
"Visit went well. Unfortunately, nothing came of it," the Michigan source texted after the visit. "Just some good (old) fashioned high quality bonding time."
There were reports that Iowa was set to visit Martin on Friday morning and Notre Dame was set for a visit Thursday night. A source close to the situation also told Hawk Central that Ohio State was hoping to visit the All-Iowa playmaker this week.
All three of those schools, plus Michigan, UCLA and Florida, were logical finalists for Martin's final official visit before Signing Day next Wednesday.
In its most recent rankings update, 247Sports lists Martin as the No. 42 prospect nationally in the 2017 class. He is widely considered to be the best prospect in a loaded year for prospects in Iowa.
Martin leaves Iowa City West as the state's all-time receptions leader (239) and Class 4A's all-time leader in receiving yards (3,449) and receiving touchdowns (33). Martin led Iowa prep football this year with 1,272 receiving yards on 85 catches. He caught 14 touchdowns and scored on a punt return and a kick return.
Matthew Bain covers preps, recruiting and the Hawkeyes for the Iowa City Press-Citizen, Des Moines Register and HawkCentral. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.